Lexus' latest bright idea!

Dear Start My Car,

The amazing thing about the motor spare industry is the constantly evolving and developing requirements. As consumers become more and more discerning and demanding, car manufactures are forced to innovate and to keep pace with their competitors. It really is a “if you snooze, you lose,” industry. 

Car magazine, UK, has featured an article on the latest from Lexus – a bladescan headlamp that appears to be a leading innovation. Have a look at the article, and then take a peek at some of the items that we have to offer. Our prices, quality and our delivery are the cornerstones of our business and we are hopeful that we will not let you down. 

If we do fall short, please contact me so that we can make it right. It’s why we are here after all. 

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Lexus will launch new Bladescan headlamp technologyon the new RX SUV, building on its pioneering use of LED lights. It was thefirst car maker to deploy light-emitting diodes on the 2007 LS, don't forget.

Rather than adding more and more LEDs to increaselighting, Bladescan uses a pair of blade-shaped mirrors that rotate at highspeed to vary the shape and depth of the light beam. 

There are 10 LEDs in each headlamp, contained in acompact module in the corner of the fitting. Rather than cast their lightforwards, the beam is sent diagonally through the computer-controlled mirrorsto achieve much greater accuracy than with traditional systems, according toLexus. It can now adjust the beam by just 0.7 degrees.

Individual bulbs can be switched on and off, andthe mirrors rotated with millimetric precision, to achieve accurate shading toavoid blinding oncoming motorists. Lexus says pedestrian recognition at nightrises from 32 metres with normal LED bulbs to 56 metres in front of the RX.

Lexus Bladescan sounds great. When can I buy it?

It'll be launched on the new 2020 model year Lexus RX SUV, which goes on sale later in 2019. 

Expect the technology to be standard-fit on higher-end RX models. No prices or specs have been confirmed yet; we'll update this story once we know more.




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