Lexus Goes Autonomous
Automated Highway Teammate
The roads are about to become more crowded with autonomous cars. Hyundai is starting autonomous ride sharing in California next month to test market demand. And Toyota will debut an autonomous Lexus in 2020. The vehicle will be equipped with what Toyota is calling its Level 2 Automated Highway Teammate - its new autonomous driving technology.
Lexus is going to start going autonomous at Level 2. That means no-hands cruise control, under certain conditions, with the driver behind the wheel and their eyes on the road. The new Teammate system goes beyond standard Level 2 functions like keeping the car within the lane and working the accelerator and breaks while following the leader car. The Toyota system can handle lane changes and merging. It can also learn and receive updates to increase its functionality on a continuing basis.