Lexus Previews Advanced Active Safety Research Vehicle [2013 CES]
This thing might look like something Doc Brown and Marty McFly might try gunning to 88 mph in the hopes of bending the space-time continuum, but it is, in fact, Lexus’s big debut for next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The car is rather un-sexily named the Advanced Active Safety Research Vehicle (AASRV) and it looks pretty much like a pre-2013 Lexus LS decked out in gear similar to what Google bolts onto its autonomous Toyota Priuses.
- First Drive: 2013 Lexus LS460 / LS460 F Sport / LS600hL
- First Drive: 2013 Lexus ES350
- Instrumented Test: 2013 Lexus GS450h Hybrid
Lexus released a brief video—we’re not kidding, it’s five seconds—of the AASRV in motion, which we’ve included below, but did not elaborate much on the car’s specifics. The video does get a caption that says that the “Lexus Advanced Active Safety Research Vehicle is leading the industry into a new automated era.” We’re going to go ahead and assume that means all of the flux-capacitor-y stuff draped over the AASRV is there to enable at least a modicum of autonomous driving capability, as well as provide active safety assistance. We’ll bring you more info next week, when we see the car in person at CES.