Lexus drone points to future motoring

Tim Dornin
Luxury car maker Lexus has unveiled a new concept car that comes with its own valet

It's a car that comes with its own drone-like valet to carry your luggage or bring in the groceries.

And it has a glass roof that can project an image of a star-fiiled sky at night, screen videos or provide navigation assistance.

Luxury car maker Lexus has used the 46th Tokyo Motor Show to unveil its vision of future motoring and it's made quite an impact.

The LF-30 electric car is only a concept at this stage, but it points to the near future for the company which is planning to expand is offering of alternatively-powered vehicles.

Lexus intends to "broaden its response to the needs of various regions around the world" through the development of electric vehicles using hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery and fuel-cell technologies.

By 2025, it will have electrified versions available for all models as it aims for sales of electrified models to outpace those of conventional petrol engine cars.

A key driving feature of the LF-30 is the four in-wheel motors which can provide for rapid acceleration and a top speed of 200 km/h.

They allow for precise electric motor control providing instantaneous adjustments to how the vehicle performs and handles, something Lexus calls "posture control".

The system is also designed to be adaptive, adjusting to the skills and preferences of an individual driver.

The driver's cockpit features a gesture control screen while the rear-seats mould to fit the body shape of the passengers.

The LF-30 also uses artificial intelligence to distinguish the voices of its passengers to provide personalised information stored onboard and adjusts elements of the interior environment, such as air temperature, audio settings, favourite navigation routes and can even make proposals for activities after arrival.

And once the driving is over, the car deploys the Lexus Airporter drone support vehicle.

The Airporter allows its owners to escape those mundane chores, such as carrying the bags, bringing autonomous motoring right to the doorstep..