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2019 LS Hybrid: The Rolls-Royce of Lexus

By Yuan Chen × Vaughn Lowery

If you are in the market for an elegant yet bespoke type of vehicle, you definitely should consider the 2019 Lexus LS 500h. As of late, we decided to take this extremely luxurious sedan on a drive around the NYC metropolitan area to rendezvous with our east coast counterparts. Unlike the 2019 Audi A8L, 2019 BMW 740e or 2018 Mercedes-Benz S650, 2019 Lexus LS 500h is a vehicle which is filled with passion, performance and a boat load of technology.

Design

The design team was inspired by traditional Japanese design and culture for the 2019 Lexus LS 500h, offering meticulous craftsmanship with an array of appointments and newly pronounced spindle grille. Outside – the silhouette is sleek and athletic. Inside – the art wood herringbone, ambient lighting and hand pleated trim (reminiscent of origami) makes everyone who enters the cabin feel like Japanese royalty.

“I want those who see the grille to appreciate the design and to wonder at its creation. I want them to be amazed at first glance.”– Lexus Takumi craftsman Yasuhiro Nakashima

It’s astonishing how the company’s master craftspeople were able to fabricate their idea from a single piece of mesh (interlocking L-shaped pieces) into a reality. The complex process of its mouth started with the designer’s pen, and then a computer rendering took it further. But most importantly, the fine-tuning of the final production mold utilized Lexus Takumi craftsman Yasuhiro Nakashima’s highly trained hand. He helped it become more evocative and daring.

Technology

LS Hybrid is loaded with a vast amount of features which are comparable to many top luxury manufacturers such as Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, Lexus Enform Remote, Rear-seat Touchscreen Controls, Satellite radio, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth capability and Remote Touchpad. Additionally, if you enjoy concert hall sound while driving, upgrade to the Mark Levinson Quantum Logic audio system. With this immersive 2400-watt audio package, the LS 500h provides an unprecedented listening experience for every person in the vehicle. This can be attributed to their 16 channels, 23-speaker injected surround system (four in the ceiling speakers and the largest subwoofer the manufacturer has ever used).

Performance

“The car hovers with both sophistication and poise unlike any other. One of the main reasons we fell back in love with Lexus” – Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

The LS 500 was built on the platform of the high-performance LC coupe, the LS 500 features Lexus’s first-ever twin-turbocharged engine. LS 500 has shared the same turbocharged V6 engine with the newest Audi A8L. However, LS 500h has 354hp with 257 lb-ft of torque (achieving 0 to 60 in just 5.1 secs in RWD or 5.2 secs in AWD). After six generations, the purveyors of this prestige hybrid sedan managed to maintain the industry’s leading benchmark in its class. It’s the first multi-stage hybrid luxury sedan and, contains the instinctive feel of a 10-speed automatic transmission, the most responsive and fastest LS Hybrid with a potent 354 valve Atkinson-cycle gas engine alongside of compact dual electric motors. Their lightest and most compact self battery. If you select different drive modes (from ECO to sport) you can transform from a town car into a spunky 4 seat space ship which rockets into action. With a 22.2 gallon tank, this 3.5L 6cyl gas/electric EVT flagship gets up to 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway.

Safety

LS 500h comes with anti-lock brakes and AWD which aids the vehicle’s ability to turn while braking, effortlessly gripping/stopping on most road conditions/terrains. Also, this model comes well-equipped with airbags: front, knee, overhead and seat side impact for the driver and their co-pilot. Another safety feature worth mentioning are the seat belt pretensioners which automatically tighten straps when abruptly coming to a halt.

Have you ever been on a road trip with traffic and consistently worrying about the sudden stops of the front car? There are no more worries when it comes to 2019 Lexus LS 500h. This model contains features like drivers assist, lane departure assist, park assist and the 360 backup camera which will assist you the best while driving on the highway as well as backing up on tiny roads. While driving in Manhattan in bumper to bumper traffic with pedestrians on all sides, tons of sensors and alerts warned us as people/vehicles (within our blind spots) approached the vehicle. The aforementioned came in handy as this vehicle has a longer wheelbase than its predecessor.

Ergonomics/Additional Features

Best of all, the driver’s seat (28-way adjustable) has 7-massage options for both you and the passenger. This is important for driver’s fatigue on long drives and helps circulate the blood in the lower/upper extremities. Even more, the model also has powered operated privacy screens in the back to block out the sun. Moreover, this model allows you to raise higher and lower by the press of a button so that you can avoid unnecessary scraping while driving up steep driveways.

Not to mention, with the executive package the backseats automatically recline when passengers enter (with ottoman). The climate concierge allows for massage features along with heated/cooling, ventilated seats for added comfort. Most of which can be controlled with the rear seat controls. If this doesn’t make you feel like an emperor/empress, we don’t know what will.

In short, the 2019 Lexus LS 500h is a perfect match for someone whom likes to drive and to be driven – a high profile executive, celebrity and/or a member of an elite dynasty. At approximately $107,000, this vehicle will provoke a certain level of importance. Instead of driving to meetings, most likely meetings will be held inside of it. It’s quiet, smooth suspension as well as hospitable yet intuitive tech make it one of the best in it’s class.

View on Lexus Website here

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

*Photos courtesy of Vaughn Lowery

TIPS TO BECOME A BETTER DRIVER

With more than 250 million vehicles on the road in the USA alone, there is a ton of traffic. Most people will drive at least once a day. With only arbitrary lines and lights keeping us in the right lanes and letting us know where to go, it is largely up to the skills and knowledge of drivers to keep everything safe and efficient.

Unfortunately, it is common for people to overestimate their driving skills. In reality, a large portion of us are pretty bad drivers. With that in mind, this article is going to look at a few different tips to become a better driver.

Scan Ahead and Be More Aware

When many people drive, they simply look at the car in front of them and drive based on what that person does. However, this means people often don’t have any idea what is taking place further down the road. Instead of starting right in front of you, you should try looking about 10-12 seconds down the road.

This will help give you more time to see and prepare for potential roadblocks or accidents. In addition to looking ahead, you need to be more situationally aware of things that are happening around you. You need to know how much space you have around your car, how other cars are behaving, and what’s taking place in your blind spots.

Brush up on Skills and Knowledge

For many of us, we haven’t really honed our driving skills since we took our introductory drivers tests when we were a teenager. This means most of us have likely forgotten important rules of the road. As a result, we should be sure to frequently brush up on our knowledge and practice important skills from time to time.

This can be done a few different ways. You could potentially take a driver training course or just use a helpful online resource to help you learn and then go driving and apply what you have learned. If you are interested in using an online resource to brush up on your skills, be sure to check out this link: The Ultimate Guide for Drivers! DMV & More | DrivingGuide.com

Keep Your Mirrors Adjusted

Your side and rear-view mirrors are the most important aspects of your vehicle in keeping you safe. While most people will position their side mirrors so they can see the edge of their car, that isn’t really necessary as your rear-view should have that covered. Instead, these side mirrors should be used to illuminate as many of your blind spots as possible.

While completely eliminating blind spots just isn’t possible, you can greatly reduce them by positioning your side and rear-view mirrors correctly. Of course, in addition to positioning them well, you should also be sure to use them and check them frequently.

Remove or Minimize Distractions

With the advancements in technology and the fact that almost everyone has a cell phone in their pocket, distracted driving is on the rise. While these technologies help us in so many ways, they are also one of the leading causes of car accidents. In fact, experts believe that cell phone usage while driving leads to over 1.5 million crashes every year.

These types of accidents are nearly 100% preventable and part of being a good driver is reducing these distractions. You should keep your phone tucked away, keep your eyes on the road, and your hands on the steering wheel at all times.

Hopefully the tips included in this article can help you become a better driver and keep yourself (and the other drivers around you) safe.

Best and Worst Cities for Car Lovers to Live in America

Are you totally obsessed with cars? Do you want to live somewhere where everyone else shares your enthusiasm?

In the US, there are some great places for car lovers to live, and, there are some pretty terrible ones.

So, where should you go live if you love cars, and where should you avoid? Read on to learn about the best and worst cities for car lovers to live in America.

 

The Best

 

Let’s start with the good news first – the best cities for car lovers.

1. Colorado Springs

If you’re looking to take breathtaking road trips through mountain scenery whenever you want, then Colorado Springs is the place to go.

The snowpack melts off in the early spring, which means you get to see waterfalls running off the mountains during the summer months.

Honestly, your biggest problem here will probably be keeping your eyes off the amazing scenery and on the road.

Plus, if you own multiple cars, you’ll be right at home here. Colorado ranks second when it comes to states with the most three-vehicle garages or larger.

2. Salt Lake City, Utah

Due to its Mormon population, world-class skiing, and craft beer, Salt Lake City often slips under the radar when it comes to car culture.

However, living in Salt Lake gives you the opportunity to experience some of the best driving routes in the nation.

Once you have your car shipped here from Executive Auto Shippers, you can hit the road to explore Zion National Park, Arches National Park, and, of course, the Utah International Auto Expo.

 

3. Dayton, Ohio

Cars are in the blood of those who live in Dayton, Ohio.

In fact, the very first battery-operated car ignition was invented here a little over 100 years ago. Even the country’s first speeding ticket was issued in Dayton!

While it doesn’t boast the mountainous scenery that Utah and Colorado do, you will find world-class car expos here nearly every month.

 

Worst

 

Now, let’s check out the worst cities for car lovers.

 

1. New York

It probably comes as no surprise that the Big Apple is not a car-friendly city.

With 5 times as much traffic congestion as Colorado Springs, cars really just aren’t a priority here. Most people opt for Ubers, subways, or bikes.

If you’re looking to live here but feel like you can’t part with your car, get ready for some expensive parking spot fees. These normally range from 300 to $1000 per month.

 

2. Miami, FL

Drivers in Miami get a bad rap – and probably for a good reason. Miami consistently ranks at the top for cities with the worst and rudest drivers.

Combine terrible drivers with high car insurance premiums, low car ownership rate, and constant congestion, and this place is pretty much a car lover’s nightmare.

However, NASCAR is big here. So if you are forced to relocate here, you could at least watch others enjoy driving their cars…

 

3. San Francisco

Don’t let the scenic road trips of San Francisco fool you – this city is also a car lover’s nightmare.

In exchange for picturesque drives, you’ll pay an extremely high price. Not only will you be paying a fortune in housing here, but you’ll also be paying a fortune at the pump. Plus, the congestion levels here rank only slightly better than those in New York and LA.

Luckily, they have a great transportation system to make up for it.

So, there you have it – the best and worst cities for car lovers. We hope this list helps you if you’re considering a move or a second home.

Fastest Commute Cities in California

The team at HomeArea.com created a graphic of the Fastest Commute Cities in California.

See the 79 places in California with the lowest average travel time to work below, and the highest average travel time to work places at the bottom of the list.

This is based on the latest estimates from the American Community Survey for all cities in California with a population of 60,000 or more.

Everyone hates sitting in traffic. Less time commuting means more time for work, family, and fun.

The California average travel time to work from the latest estimates is 29.4 and has risen 1.8% from 28.9.

This year saw several big changes:

· Chico, CA ranked for the first time

· Fresno, CA fell from #1 to #2

· Santa Maria, CA ranked for the first time

· Napa, CA fell from #2 to #4

· Davis, CA ranked for the first time.

· Citrus Heights, CA saw the biggest percentage increase in average travel time to work at 12.4%,

· Pasadena, CA saw the largest percentage descrease at -8.6%.

What Should I Do after I’ve Been in a Traffic Accident?

Going through a traffic accident is a traumatic experience that can leave a lasting effect on you and your car, which might need serious collision repair after the accident. If you’ve been involved in a car crash, a surge of adrenaline is the first thing you are going to feel. After the initial kick it gives, you are left in shock and slowly start putting the pieces together.

After the shock has subsided, you are left in a very unfavorable situation of clearing up the mess. But not everyone knows who to call first, what to do and when to leave the accident. If you find out that any party has sustained an injury you need to contact the emergency services immediately.

If both parties were fortunate enough to avoid any serious injuries, this article will explain the steps you need to take immediately after an accident.

Clear the Traffic and Call the Authorities

Once you’ve made sure no one got hurt in the accident, you should move the vehicles from the road to avoid disturbing the traffic if they are still drivable. Park the vehicles and turn the engines off. If you won any safety items like warning signs or cones, set a perimeter around the vehicle. Even if your injuries might not be apparent, you might have sustained an injury like a whiplash that might not manifest right away. That’s why if you feel any pain or discomfort, stop moving until the emergency arrives. Contact the police even if the damage is minor. Their report is crucial for the insurance claim.

Exchange Information with Other Participants

After the collision shock subsides, you should make sure you exchange all the information with other participants in the crash. This information includes:

●Names and contact information
●Vehicle description including model, year and color
●License plate and drivers’ license numbers
●Insurance Company information
●Accident scene address or location
●Witness’ names and contact information
●Police officers’ name and badge ID.

Try to be polite and respectful, but never admit fault until the police have finished their report. If you have a good phone camera, take pictures of the vehicles that were involved in the crash. Make sure to get good shots of the damage and the scene. Don’t sign anything unless the police or your insurance company agents ask you to.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Before departing from the scene where the accident happened, make sure to contact your insurance company representative or agent. Be as honest as possible because you risk your claim being denied if it turns out you were lying. If you can safely drive away from the accident in your car, let the insurance
company know that. If not, the company will refer you to a towing company and probably recommend a respectable collision repair service to take care of the damage to your car.

If you are found at-fault for the accident, you will have to pay the deductible stated on the insurance policy once you’ve picked your car up at the body shop. If however, you believe the other driver was at fault don’t agree to close the insurance claim but hire an experienced attorney to represent you instead.

Daimler × Via

Daimler makes strategic investment in Via
Via, the world’s leading on-demand shared rides technology developer and provider, announced today that industry-leading automotive company Daimler AG will make a strategic investment to support Via’s continued rapid growth.

Via and Daimler set up joint venture to bring on-demand shared rides to Europe 

Building on a partnership that began in 2015, Via and Daimler will significantly intensify their cooperation, establishing a joint venture to launch on-demand shuttle services powered by Via’s revolutionary technology across Europe, and to license Via’s on-demand shuttle operating system to European transit authorities and municipalities. Adding to the strategic investment of Daimler Mobility Services, Mercedes-Benz Vans will invest $50 million in the new joint venture with Via.

“We are delighted to have the Daimler Group on board as an investor and strategic partner. Combining Via’s technology with the exceptional design and engineering of Mercedes-Benz Vans is ideal for our vision of offering efficient, affordable, sustainable, and convenient shared rides everywhere,” says Daniel Ramot, co-founder and CEO of Via.

“Via’s world-class engineering team is perfecting the operating system that will power the future of mobility. We are excited to bring our proprietary technology and operational excellence to Europe through the new joint venture with Mercedes-Benz Vans,” says Oren Shoval, co-founder and CTO of Via.

Via and Daimler to launch on-demand shared rides in London 

London will be the first city to launch the new Via-Daimler on-demand shuttle service by the end of 2017, with expansion to additional European cities to follow soon after. Via’s shared ride platform is currently available in New York City, Chicago, and Washington DC, providing over 1 million rides per month. The company’s smart routing algorithms allow passengers to be picked up and dropped off in an endless stream without taking riders out of their way.

Via and Daimler to design optimized shared ride vehicle 

As part of their strategic partnership, Daimler and Via will also collaborate on the design of an optimized Mercedes-Benz Vans shuttle for on-demand shared ride use, and will develop systems for efficiently managing and optimizing fleets of electric and autonomous shuttles.

“On-demand ride-sharing offers many new ways of making city traffic efficient, needs-based and sustainable – especially when it involves the use of spacious, safe and comfortable vans,” says Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. “Via is one of the most successful providers in the growing ride-sharing sector while Mercedes-Benz Vans has the perfect vehicles that are being continuously optimized for this job. By deepening our cooperation with Via, we are thus taking the next logical step in the context of our strategy for the future and are expanding our range of new mobility services.” The cooperation is another milestone of the adVANce strategy of Mercedes-Benz Vans focusing on the transformation from a vehicle manufacturer to a provider of holistic van system solutions.

About Daimler 

Daimler AG is one of the world’s most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world’s biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance, financial investments, credit cards, and innovative mobility services.

About Via 

Via is re-engineering public transit, from a regulated system of rigid routes and schedules to a fully dynamic, on-demand network. Via’s mobile app connects multiple passengers who are headed the same way, allowing riders to seamlessly share a premium vehicle. First launched in New York City in September 2013, the Via platform currently operates in New York City, Chicago, and Washington DC, providing over a million rides per month, and is growing rapidly. Via also licenses its revolutionary on-demand transit technology to transportation operators globally. For more information, visit www.ridewithvia.com.