Lexus is preparing for the unveiling of its first electric car next month. And with that in mind, Toyota & # 39; s luxury brand at the Tokyo Motor Show this week shows off a concept car that teases all kinds of distant ideas that may or may not come into its future electric vehicles, such as gesture control, augmented reality. , self-propelled technology, in-wheel engines and even drones.
The LF-30 Electrified, as it is called, is a wedge-shaped coupe full of crystalline corners and protrusions both inside and out. It seats four, with the driver and front passenger basically getting their own first-class cockpits and almost matching futuristic displays, while the rear passengers are treated to "artificial muscle technology" bucket seats that can mold to their occupants.
The large windshield extends all the way to the rear of the car and Lexus proposes to use this glass roof as a display for information such as "a realistic starry sky, favorite videos & # 39; s of the user and even navigation" for rear passengers – an idea that Lexus infallibly & # 39; SkyGate & # 39; calls. LF-30 Electrified passengers can communicate with SkyGate via voice control, or with Minority reportstyle gesture control. Artificial intelligence will be able to recognize "the voices of the occupants of the vehicle" to adjust the air temperature, audio or driving settings to the wishes of the occupants, help with navigation and even "proposals for activities after arrival".
In the meantime, the coverage of the windows can be adjusted to let in or completely block outside light. Lexus also emphasizes that the concept has been designed with sustainable materials such as charred cedar and recycled metal. And the exterior of the car is decorated with dynamic lighting.
The LF-30 Electrified concept uses a number of futuristic technologies for the more mechanical side of things, ranging from the plausible to the excessive. It uses in-wheel electric motors (instead of placing motors on each axle) that enable more dynamic driving, including something that Lexus & # 39; posture control & # 39; mentions, that essentially adjusts the output of each engine in real time to the LF-30 assembled in dynamic driving conditions. The car also uses steering-by-wire technology, which means that there is no mechanical connection between the steering and the powertrain, allowing the wheel to be moved forward when the LF-30 operates autonomously.
And from Class the LF-30 Electrified concept has autonomous functionality. Which self-respecting modern concept car would that not be? However, Lexus does not elaborate on what drives these autonomous possibilities, because this is not really necessary. Again, this is just the company that states what could happen one day.
That said, Lexus contained a number of specifications that give us an idea of what the company is aiming for with its first electric vehicle (and what others are following). The LF-30 Electrified is designed around a 110kWh battery (so 10kWh larger than what Tesla currently has on the road), which would result in a range of around 500 kilometers (or around 310 miles) during the European WLTP test cycle. The car was able to drive from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 3.8 seconds, with a combined capacity of 400 kW (536 hp).
But the best futuristic bloom can be the "Lexus Airporter". Lexus calls this a "support vehicle with drone technology", which can, for example, transport luggage from the door of the owner to the car.
It is all frankly one lot, but that's not surprising. Lexus' parent company, Toyota, has been slower than most other car manufacturers to announce its electrification plans, despite the fact that it was a precursor to hybrid and even hydrogen vehicles. Now that's Toyota finally make ends meet when explaining what it wants to do with fully electric vehicles, Lexus seems to be looking at all the possibilities that it could embrace as the luxury brand of the automaker. The result is a concept car in which Lexus has deposited many different wild ideas, and one that will one day look like a wild first stab to a more practical future.