Lexus 460L

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Parking Woes?

Need to park the Lexus 460L? Worry no more since the Lexus 460L is equipped with the self-parking technology. The same technoloy that is available for the Toyota Prius for Europe and Japan. The Lexus 460L is the first vehicle in North America that is equipped with this kind of technology. With this technology on-board, the vehicle can park itself on the road thru the use of onboard ultrasonic sensors, miniature cameras, electric motors and the vehicle detection technology. A testament to how lazy the drivers have become or are we seeing one of the faces of the vehicle’s future?

How the self-parking technology works.

Parallel parking is an art. In a densely populated locale where traffic and congestion is given, often parallel parking is needed. Now in order to bring that vehicle to a complete rest next to the next vehicle on the road, proper techniques should be used. Experienced drivers may appear that they can do it with ease and finesse, but what about those average drivers?  Fender benders may happen, and dents and scratches on the vehicle may be produced. These things are reality-based, and that is why the self-parking technology like the one that was introduced by Toyota is a welcome development.

This technology on board help makes parallel parking easier. The driver still gets to do most of the job like regulating the speed of the vehilce by effectively pressing and releasing the brake pedal. When its time to actually help park the car, the vehicle’s computer system takes the steering wheel. The vehicle will then be manuevered in front of the car, and a signal will be released so as to inform the driver if its time to stop the car. The driver then will allow the vehicle to move in a reverse adn the brake should be released initially to allow the backward movement of the vehicle. The computer thru the power steering system will turn the wheel then place the vehicle at the desired spot. When the vehicle is at the right space, a signal will be released so as to inform the driver. A final signal will be issued as well if the parking assist has been finished. This is true on the Toyota Prius wherein a recorded voice will say “The assist is finished” once the job has been done.

A dashboard screen on the British edition of the Prius help makes the parking easy and convenient and the screen will basically inform and guide the driver on what to do on situations like that.

The self-parking technology is basically anchored on the presence of a number of sensing objects and tools on board the vehicle. These sensors are located on the front and rear bumper and these will usually act as transmitters and receivers. Some systems may incorporate cameras that can be seen on the bumpers and radars that maybe necessary to detect objects.

In a sense, this technlogy should be seen as a help rather than a complete solution on the road.


Top of the Class

Lexus once more proved to the market why the brand is one of the best. The Lexus LS 460L was cited by Consumer Report as one of the best for 2008. To put the feat of this Lexus model in proper perspective, this Lexus LS 460L is the highest scoring vehicle that has been tested by CR. In fact, this Lexus model garnered 99 points out of the possible 100! Now this is one vehicle is a league in itself owing to the rave reviews that it got from the reviewers of Consumer Reports. The Lexus LS 460L ruled over all the other pretenders on the luxury vehicle segment.

2007 Lexus LS 460L 4dr Sedan

It provides a no-compromise environment of comfort and roominess, coupled with an isolating quiteness. It also delivers quick acceleration and relatively good fuel economy, adds Consumer Reports.

This model was redesigned by the Lexus brand in 2007 is actually the flagship line of Lexus. The newly designed Lexus 460L of 2007 come with a much bigger engine, more gears and more technology in the cabin.  The automatic transmission of the Lexus 460L features eight gears to shift. And more importantly this model coming from Lexus is the first car in North America to feature Toyota’s self-parking technology, released in the Prius (another award-winner in the Toyota fold) for Europe and Japan. A discussion of what this self-parking technology is all about will soon follow in my next blog entry. Now back to the features of this Lexus ace, this highly styled and luxurious model do come in two basic styles, there is the standard and the long-wheel base 460L version. These two versions are fully loaded with standards and options and for a comprehensive listing of options, go check it here.

The LS 460 can also travel from zero to sixty miles per hour in less than 5.5 seconds. Overall, the Lexus LS 460 is built on a sophisticated platform that can maintain a delicate balance between ride comfort and responsive handling.