2020 Lexus RX Getting Innovative LED Headlights As A World-First

Lexus is taking the illumination of the road ahead to new levels with a state-of-the-art technology that will be introduced later this year in the facelifted RX crossover.

Bound to make driving at night and in poor weather safer, the system is called BladeScan and improves the photometric control of the area in front of the car from 1.7 to 0.7 degrees. What this means is that drivers will be able to see areas otherwise difficult to check out with a conventional high-beam system, like road margins, pedestrians and possible obstacles.

The road signs will also be illuminated earlier.

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Compared to the outgoing RX, which features automatic or adaptive high-beam LED lighting that’s part of the Lexus Safety System+ package, pedestrian recognition at night is said to have been improved by 24 meters (79 ft) – now covering 56 meters (184 ft) with the implementation of the new system.

Furthermore, the technology doesn’t dazzle other drivers and keeps the number of LEDs to a minimum: 10 on each side of the vehicle, in this case. The LEDs are found in a compact module in the front corner of each headlight, casting light diagonally across the two blade-shaped mirrors that rotate at high speed. The LEDs automatically switch on and off and the layout retains its triple-eye light arrangement and integrated daytime running lights.

Toyota’s luxury car brand has demonstrated this new adaptive headlight system on video, so you can head on down and click the play button to see how it works in the real world.


Lexus got in touch with us, announcing that the 2020 RX won’t get the BladeScan technology in the United States and Canada.

“For years, Lexus has been a proponent of Adaptive Driving Beam (ADB) technology and its safety benefits”, the spokesperson told us. “Last December, Lexus submitted a petition to NHTSA to allow ADB in the United States. Currently, we await the Agency’s decision and hope to see an amendment in FMVSS 108*.”

*Administrated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 108 regulates automotive lighting, reflective devices and associated equipment in the U.S.


  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen



      It still a great car and selling well

  • Witsend Cottage

    Not available in the States

    • mick

      I mean, that’s really key information, isn’t it? No soup for either USA or Canada on this one.

  • Rocket

    Nice eyes are never a bad thing … especially if they help draw the attention away from that giant mouth.

    • botornot387

      They will need something more revolutionary to keep your eyes off that mug… let alone the rest of the bloated porpoises package

  • JS

    How is this a world first? Mercedes and Audi have had this tech for almost a decade.

    • salamOOn

      i guess its not about the matrix led lights, but about the style of execution…..

  • Dane van der Kerr

    This is not the same as a Matrix display. A Matrix display are individual LEDs modules that fire in sequence, with no moving parts and are blinding and hence illegal in the US, the Lexus unit looks like it uses individual mini diodes with the same LED housing and a rotating pivot to scatter the light … this gets around the blinding aspect for other drivers. It’s debuting in the US so it’s not illegal.

    • Witsend Cottage

      Wrong..it’s not coming to the States. Read the article update by Lexus


  • Willzyx

    This looks more like Audi’s matrix LEDs…which you know, came out ages ago.

  • Navigator Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ🍑

    Seems like Mercedes-Benz LED headlamps, which activate away from the oncoming or outgoing vehicle, while expanding the lights to the side of the road. They are very pretty, as well.

  • Bash

    Nice additional. the RX has a very beautiful interior, its the exterior that is sorta looks off and bloated. if this helps, let it be. new tech like this is never a bad thing.

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