Andre’s New Luxgen SUV

Photos by MJ Klein

Good friend and blogger, Andre, recently purchased a new vehicle.  The one he chose is awesome, utilizing technology to solve many driving issues.  He bought the Luxgen SUV, which was designed and produced in Taiwan.  Not intending to be a review of the vehicle, here are some very cool things about it.  UPDATE: read about some of the Luxgen technology here.

Andre's Luxgen SUV

This is what it looks like.  The SUV is robust and rugged looking, and it feels that way on the road too.  Let’s check out some of this cool technology:

Andre's Luxgen SUV

The headlights are HID and steerable.  That means when you turn the car, the lights turn in the direction you are going.  There is a smaller Daytime Running Light visible at the upper left.

Andre's Luxgen SUV

This is a front foglamp and an LED array for the turn indicator.

Andre's Luxgen SUV

This is the vehicle right side, showing the entire lighting array, with the foglamp on.

Andre's Luxgen SUV

Below the foglamp and turn indicator array is a sonar transducer.  The sonar alerts the driver when the car is approaching objects, such as other cars when parking.

Andre's Luxgen SUV

This is a shot of the windshield center, along the roof line.  Here we find (at least) 2 cameras.  I’ll get to these later.  The Luxgen has a total of 8 cameras (that we could find).

Andre's Luxgen SUV

This forward-facing camera is in the front grille and is part of the “Eagle View” system (I’ll show you that in a minute).

Andre's Luxgen SUV

The mirrors have a lot of technology packed into them!  First, we see an icon in the mirror’s lower right.  That is a heater icon, indicating that when the rear window defogger is on, there is also heat applied to the mirrors to defog them.  Just below that is a camera that is used for showing the blind spot to the side of the car when turning.  On the bottom of the mirror is another camera used for the “Eagle View” system.  Finally, on the outside of the mirror is an auxiliary turn indicator.  The turn indicator wraps around towards the front of the vehicle, making it visible from all possible angles.  The side mirrors are motorized and fold up against the vehicle body for parking.  They deploy automatically at a specific speed if you forget to put them back out again.

Andre's Luxgen SUV

This is a shot of the right hand mirror, taken from the vehicle in movement (with the turn indicator on).

Andre's Luxgen SUV

This model has a Rear Fog Lamp on the bumper to the left of the license plate.  One of the backup lights has been replaced with a high intensity red light, making it a RFL.  Here we see the rear of the car with the brake lights on, and the RFL on too, showing how bright the RFL is compared to the brake lights.  Many new cars have a visible RFL, such as the Toyota Altis (and many other Toyota models) several VW models, and the Ford Focus.

Andre's Luxgen SUV

Under the Luxgen logo on the rear of the vehicle is another camera used for the rear view and also the “Eagle View” system.

Andre's Luxgen SUV

The rear compartment is roomy.  Andre opted for some storage options that define the space very well.

Andre's Luxgen SUV

The rear seats fold down for even more cargo space.

Andre's Luxgen SUV

The rear passengers have their own fold-down vanity mirrors and a 10″ video screen for the entertainment system.

Andre's Luxgen SUV

The front cockpit view reveals one of the coolest dashboards in the world.  At the center of attention is the 10″ video monitor that at is the heart of all this technology.

Andre's Luxgen SUV

The control system, called “THINK” can be set for English or Chinese.  Icons at the bottom left indicate the status of mobile phone reception (the car has it’s own SIM card), Bluetooth connection, missed calls, SMS messages and system alerts.  This photo shows the Multimedia menu.

Andre's Luxgen SUV

There is a standard USB input as well as A/V inputs as well.  One could literally do a corporate presentation in the car on the way to a meeting.

Andre's Luxgen SUV

This is the Navigation system menu.  Luxgen has a website where an owner can plan a trip and upload it to the car’s Navigation system.

Andre's Luxgen SUV

This is the Navigation screen that the driver sees when traveling toward a destination.  Notice the red colored “30” in the circle to the upper left.  This is an icon of a Taiwan speed limit sign.  The map displays the speed limit of the road/street that you’re traveling on.  This is one of the best implementations of GPS navigation I have personally seen.  The system can display information in English while simultaneously displaying Chinese street and place names.

Andre's Luxgen SUV

There are dedicated hard buttons for several functions.  The 2 that are lit are “LDWS” and “Sonar.”  The Sonar system alerts the driver when the vehicle is getting close to another object.  “LDSW” means “Lane Departure Warning System” and it utilizes one of the 2 cameras we saw near the roof line center of the windshield.  The Luxgen system uses sophisticated face recognition software to monitor the lane being driven in.  When the vehicle appears to be drifting too close to the lane dividing line, it sounds a warning.  This warning is disabled when using turn indicators.  Thus the system also promotes the use of turn signals.  The vehicle also has Night Vision (utilizing the second roof line center camera) and that can mean the difference between seeing someone on the road, and not.  The range is 100 meters.  The icon on the bottom right is for opening and closing the rear hatch (it’s motorized).

Andre's Luxgen SUV

This is the center console underneath the video display monitor.  There are functional hard buttons and the menu navigation buttons in the center.  The console is logically laid out and Andre said it didn’t take him long to get used to navigating the menus.

Andre's Luxgen SUV

This is the “Eagle View” system and one of the most useful applications of camera technology I’ve seen.  Four camera views are combined to provide a synthesized 360 degree overhead view of the vehicle relative to it’s surroundings, in real time.  Need to negotiate a tight space?  Need to travel down one of those impossibly narrow Taiwan country paths?  Eagle View is just what you need!  You can park your vehicle with real precision using the Eagle View system!

Andre's Luxgen SUV

This is one of 4 individual views that make up the Eagle View.  This shot shows the forward view of the vehicle and 3 distance zones so the driver can negotiate objects and know how far they are away from the vehicle.  All 4 views have the colored zones.

Andre's Luxgen SUV

The steering wheel features controls for the entertainment system as well as navigation buttons for the various menus.  You can handle phone calls without taking your hands off the wheel.

Not shown is the “heads-up” display that projects the vehicle speed and other information on the windshield.

Andre's Luxgen SUV

Our last shot was taken while the vehicle was in motion.  Andre put on his left turn signal and the 10″ dashboard display monitor showed the blind spot camera view on the left side.  This feature eliminates any problems associated with not seeing another vehicle in the driver’s blind spot.

Overall the Luxgen system, designed by HTC, has taken vehicle safety and comfort to a new level.   While the technology is fascinating and very useful, the Luxgen SUV itself is a beautiful car, with high-class attention to detail and high-end appointments.  If you have a chance to see one at your local dealer, I recommend that you do so.

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  4. MY friend in Taoyuan told me about Luxgen sometime ago (maybe 6 months ago) as she was thinking about getting one. When I looked at their website back then… I was really impressed by it.

    I seen something on their website about their “global partners”… showing which countries various technology came from for their cars (ABS (Antilock Braking System) from the USA, transmission from Japan, SRS (Supplement Restraignt System) from Sweden, and so on).

    I don’t think my friend ever got one… but from what I’ve seen on their website and in your pictures and writeup… I’m very impressed with this. I wonder if we’ll ever see these cars (or some of the features in these cars) here in the USA.
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    1. Mike, i would hope you get the whole car in the US, but the THC electronics package would be a good start. it’s very impressive (to quote one of our favorite actors).

      1. Well… there was something in the news today about possibly making it mandatory for all new vehicles to have rearview backup cameras by late 2014. Some cars (mostly SUVs and minivans) already have them.

        Since this article is about a car… time for a shameless plug. I just posted pics to my Flickr page from the 2010 New England International Auto Show…

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        There are 109 pics from the event. Now… even if someone doesn’t want to look at all of the pics… I would recommend people at least look at the first 9 pictures… the American Pride Camaro. Its a 2011 Camaro SS that is painted showing the history of the American Armed Forces from Washington Crossing the Delaware to the currents events in the Middle East. Its a really nice looking car.
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        1. Mike, when i first visited Taiwan in 2000, the car i rode in had sonar with a display over the rear window that the driver could see in the rear-view mirror that indicated the distance to an object in centimeters. the US had nothing like that at all. now the US has the Toyota Prius, that is loaded with technology. but it comes from Japan. the Audi can park itself too, but it’s European. the US seems to always be last in the race when it comes to stuff like that. 2014 is a long time to wait for something that is available right now.

          i’ll be sure to take a look at your photos from the car show. thanks Mike.

  5. Wow, I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to drive a car, this one is interesting. Still, I think I’ll stick with scooters/motorcycles indefinitely.
    🙂
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    1. Rhonda, eventually you’ll want to keep warm and dry, and travel on the freeway. when you are ready, Luxgen will be there for you! hehe you’ll need to get your Taiwanese driver’s license though. did you read about my experience doing that? thanks and take care.

  6. I’m with Rhonda on this – I’ll stick to cycling and public transport. 🙂
    Still on occasion I rent a car, and it would be fun renting a car like this sometime. Also – well I design microchips for automotive applications, so this stuff interests me, even if I have no plans to purchase them.

    Any chance you could give us a picture of the “heads-up” display? I’ve seen stuff like that on Semicon (for GPS applications in that case), and I’d be interested what it’s like to drive with such a system.

    I like how you can plan the route on the PC and then download it from the car via internet. I’ve played with this on our last visit to “BMW World”, very cool idea.

    For the interested readers, I found a video of the eagle view system here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptiC2u48VIw

    1. hi Stefan. i’ll ask Andre to get a couple of shots of the heads-up display for you. the navigation displays on the 10″ video monitor, while the HUD shows the vehicle speed and outdoor temp (as i recall). thanks for the video on the Eagle View system! thanks Stefan.

  7. Wait, is Andre the new James Bond? lol. With all these gadgets and super tech (minus all the weapons of course) I believe it definitely stands up to the bond cars 🙂 Great article MJ.
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    1. hi Ashish. yes Andre’s new car is definitely a Bond car. all he is missing is the ejection seat! according to him, he already has a use for one! lol take care, Ashish!

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