At the Tokyo Motor Show 2019, Lexus unveiled its “Lexus Electrified” branding approach to its future. And the new vehicle showcasing the path forward is the Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept.
Shown in advance of the reveal of the first Lexus battery electric vehicle (BEV), the LF-30 Electrified Concept forecasts the company’s future. It employs electric motors at each wheel and integrates fully autonomous technologies. Drivers can take control when preferable, and Lexus says that because it’s a BEV, the signature spindle-style grille grows larger than ever.
As if that’s a good thing.
Frankly, the LF-30 Electrified Concept looks like a Pinewood Derby car. But it’s what Lexus includes under the wedge-shaped and crease-detailed skin that’s important. And we’re not talking about its gesture-control dashboard, augmented reality displays, SkyGate glass roof, or built-in Lexus Airporter luggage-toting drone. We’re talking about Lexus Advanced Posture Control (APC).
What is Lexus Advanced Posture Control?
With the LF-30 Electrified Concept, we’re getting first notice of a new technology called Lexus Advanced Posture Control. It’s important to know about this because Lexus plans to use it throughout its upcoming lineup of electrified models.
Based on a somewhat vague explanation of the technology, Lexus Advanced Posture Control fully integrates the electric motors, steering, suspension, and braking in order to smooth out the car’s response and movement regardless of the driving situation.
In autonomous mode, Lexus says Advanced Posture Control will ensure a riding experience akin to that a talented chauffeur provides. In other words, you shouldn’t be aware of starts, stops, or corners as you ride in blissful comfort. When the driver takes control, Lexus claims that Advanced Posture Control will make the BEV ideal to drive regardless of the situation, enhancing confidence and control and delivering “driving pleasure at a whole new level.”
Do you know what else Advanced Posture Control likely does? Reduces the need to offer airplane-style barf bags in your new Lexus.
As car companies work toward an autonomously driven future, occupant motion sickness is a genuine concern. This is especially true with regard to shared mobility solutions. Presumably, if Lexus Advanced Posture Control works, electrified autonomous vehicles from the company should alleviate this issue.
Lexus Advanced Posture Control is a new technology designed to improve driving and riding pleasure. The Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept showcases the new system. (Photo: Lexus)
Lexus APC could come to define Lexus Electrified
The closest corollary to Lexus APC in an existing vehicle might be Mazda G-Vectoring Control (GVC).
In response to steering input, this feature discreetly reduces engine torque in order to shift vehicle weight to the front tires. Then, as the car rounds a turn, GVC restores torque to shift weight to the rear wheels. The result for the driver and passengers is less physical reaction to the act of rounding a corner, and a smoother driving and riding experience for everyone.
As for Lexus, the company plans to debut a bevy of new hybrids, plug-in hybrids, BEVs, and fuel-cell electric vehicles in the years to come. By 2025, Lexus will offer every model in an electrified version. The company’s goal is selling more Lexus Electrified models than purely gasoline-fueled models.
Those future Lexus models equipped with Advanced Posture Control promise to provide a critical differentiator in an electrified marketplace where dynamic traits won’t matter nearly as much as they do today.
And now you don’t need to make yourself ill with worry thinking about how autonomous travel makes you motion sick.