Connectivity technology up a level in Lexus flagship models

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Lexus says its flagship LS 500 and LS 500h models now deliver an even more refined luxury experience than before with updates to the 2023 range bringing seamless access to information, communication and entertainment via the latest connectivity technology.

Part of the improved usership experience comes with the expansion of Lexus connected services and more multimedia and remote functions, while wireless Apple CarPlay is now standard alongside wired Android Auto.

The most up-to-date Lexus multimedia system allows occupants to interact through the new touchscreen display, which replaces the previous touchpad in the centre console.

The new shape of the centre console is refined to allow easy smartphone storage without needing to open or close a lid.

A multimedia highlight of the updated LS is the “Hey Lexus’’ voice recognition function which can be activated by pressing the talk button on the steering wheel, the microphone icon on the display, or simply through voice activation.

The system is set up to recognise prescribed standard phrases through conversational language.

The upgraded LS now adds benefits such as Lexus multimedia connect which synchronises the Lexus Connected app with the multimedia system to offer cloud-based connected navigation with live traffic, weather, parking and map updates, location searching, and first and last kilometre routing.

Lexus status connect features offer a wealth of vehicle data and information – all accessible at the owner’s fingertips, including odometer and fuel level readings, remaining range, the vehicle’s last known location, vehicle diagnostics data and recent trip details.

Owners can also now remotely check whether the doors, windows, boot and bonnet are closed and locked, and receive alerts if unlocked or open.

Tyre pressure status can also be remotely monitored and hazard lights activated by a press on a smartphone screen.

Finally, Lexus remote connect features allow owners to remotely start the car’s engine and lock/unlock the doors.

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