4 Ways Lexus Drivers Will Be Safer in 2020

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Lexus recently announced that Lexus Safety System Plus — a suite of active safety features — will be standard in all of the Toyota luxury brand’s vehicles starting with the 2020 model year. Lexus said the technology, which is already available in most of its 2019 models and trim levels, is designed to help prevent crashes before they happen, protecting drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

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“A world without crashes is what we envision,” said David Christ, group vice president and general manager of the Lexus Division, in a statement. “It’s an ambitious goal, but one we’re committed to achieve.”

Lexus 2020 models will arrive in dealerships later this summer equipped with four major pieces of safety tech. Here’s how they’ll keep Lexus drivers a little safer on the roads:

1. Front Crash Prevention With Auto Emergency Braking

Turns out, you might be safer in 2020 even if you don’t drive a Lexus. The Pre-Collison System with Pedestrian Detection will help detect vehicles and pedestrians in front of your car, and should it anticipate a collision, it’ll give you audible and visual alerts. If you don’t hit the brakes in time, Brake Assist will automatically do so for you. In some cases, the system can actually bring the vehicle to a full stop.

2. Lane Departure Warning

Lexus’ Lane Departure Alert uses a high-res camera to keep track of your position within your lane as you’re driving. If you’re going more than 32 mph and drift out of your lane, you’ll get audio and visual warnings, as well as a steering-wheel vibration, to keep you focused on the road.

3. Automatic High Beams

The Intelligent High Beam system will make it easier for the driver to see at night, but it’ll also eliminate the problem of accidentally blinding other drivers on the road. If the road ahead is clear, the system defaults to high beams, dimming to low beams if it detects another car’s headlights or taillights.

4. Adaptive Cruise Control

The Dynamic Radar Cruise Control system allows you to set a speed (as with conventional cruise-control systems) and following distance from the vehicle ahead of you. If you reach that minimum following distance, your car will slow to keep you there, minimizing the risk of rear-ending someone. When the road clears, it’ll take you back up to your preset speed.

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