The Lane Valet is being introduced as an option on all Lexus vehicles starting April 1, 2017. The feature is designed to improve traffic flow by shunting slower moving vehicles from the left lane into the more appropriate right lane.
The semi-autonomous system combines radar and lane monitoring technology with the 802.11p V2V wireless data protocol. Drivers will be able to communicate temporarily with the slower vehicle and do the driver the courtesy of safely moving their vehicle for them.
Touching a button located on the front dash prompts the vehicle’s radar and camera systems to scan the road and ensure safe operation while the V2V technology communicates with the misplaced driver’s vehicle. Once connected, Lane Valet will initiate a careful but immediate lane change. The slow driver’s right turn signal will illuminate as the system confirms the adjacent lane is clear of other vehicles or obstructions. Lane Valet will then carefully deposit the unhurried driver into the right lane before disengaging, thus allowing others in the lane to continue moving at their previous pace.
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