What is Lexus Safety System+?

Christian Wardlaw | Jun 14, 2021

Lexus Safety System+ is a collection of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) that helps a driver maintain control and avoid collisions. When Lexus and its parent company, Toyota, announced the package of ADAS, it said LSS+ is “designed to support the driver’s awareness, decision making and vehicle operation over a wide range of speeds.”

Lexus Safety System+ Illustration

The first version of the technology debuted on the redesigned 2016 Lexus RX crossover SUV, and Lexus rapidly expanded LSS+ to other 2016 model-year vehicles. In the years since Lexus has improved upon LSS+, and today several versions exist depending on the vehicle and model year. 

As this article is published, they include original LSS+, LSS+ 2.0, LSS+ 2.5, and LSS+ 3.0. The automaker is also rolling out its Level 2+ Lexus Teammate hands-free driving assistance technology, starting with the 2022 Lexus LS.

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The original recipe for LSS+ includes the following driving assistance and collision avoidance features:

  • Adaptive cruise control (works at speeds over 25 mph)
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keeping assistance
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

The 2016 Lexus RX was the first model to get LSS+, and half a decade after its debut, models such as the Lexus GX, LC, LX, and RC still relied upon it.

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When Lexus began improving LSS+, it added a “version two” distinguisher to indicate a more sophisticated, next-generation iteration of the technology. 

Highlights of LSS+ 2.0 include:

  • Upgraded radar and camera units
  • All-speed adaptive cruise control (including stop-and-go capability)
  • Cyclist detection during daytime
  • Pedestrian detection during daytime and in low-light conditions
  • Preceding vehicle detection during daytime and in low-light conditions
  • Lane Tracing Assist (a lane-centering assistance function, giving LSS+ 2.0 Level 2 hands-on driving assist technology)
  • Road Sign Assist (reads road signs and displays the data for the driver)

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With the arrival of the re-skinned 2021 Lexus IS, the company made some improvements to its LSS+ 2.0 technology. However, they weren’t significant enough to give the collection of ADAS a full version-update boost. So, the automaker calls it LSS+ 2.5.

Highlights of LSS+ 2.5 include:

  • Improved adaptive cruise control (more quickly overtakes slower vehicles when the driver changes lanes to go around them, the process now beginning when the driver signals the lane change)
  • Improved lane and road edge recognition capability
  • Intersection Turning Assist (identifies when it is unsafe to make a left turn across traffic or when pedestrians are in a crosswalk and can warn the driver or brake the vehicle to prevent a collision)
  • Emergency Steering Assist (when the driver makes a sudden steering change, such as to avoid an object or correct a potential lane departure, this evasive steering assistance technology helps to keep the vehicle under control)

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On its flagship luxury sedan, Lexus offered an optional LSS+ A package. This package equipped with the car with LSS+ 2.5 and exclusive features including:

  • Front cross-traffic warning
  • Front Lateral Side Pre-collision System (warns the driver of a potential collision with vehicles approaching diagonally, such as on a cross street ahead)
  • Lane Change Assist (when the driver signals intent to change lanes, and both the adaptive cruise control and lane-centering assistance systems are active, the car will actively steer into the adjacent lane)
  • Active Steering Assist (similar to evasive steering assistance, but this technology can actively steer the car within its lane of travel to avoid collisions with pedestrians or objects)

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With the redesigned 2022 Lexus NX crossover SUV, Lexus gave its Lexus Safety System+ technology another upgrade to LSS+ 3.0 status. This version of the ADAS is based on LSS+ 2.5 but adds the following functions: 

  • Right/Left Turn Oncoming Pedestrian Detection/Braking (works when making turns to identify pedestrians and cyclists approaching the Lexus, warns the driver, and can brake to avoid a collision)
  • Oncoming Vehicle Detection (identifies oncoming vehicles that stray into the Lexus’s path, warning the driver and automatically activating the brakes if necessary)
  • Curve Speed Management (automatically reduces vehicle speed for curves, such as freeway transition ramps, when the adaptive cruise control is active)

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Every automaker is continually updating, improving, and refining its ADAS with the ultimate goal of offering Level 3 and higher autonomous driving capabilities. With Lexus Safety System+, these improvements come in smaller increments, larger updates, and even exclusive option packages for flagship models.

Undoubtedly, the future will bring LSS+ 4.0 and higher versions of the company’s Lexus Safety System+ technology.

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