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Lexus lights up new custom vehicle with 40,000+ LED lights

08 December 2016

Lexus unveiled a custom vehicle wrapped in 41,999 programmable LEDs that turn the car into a screen capable of broadcasting dynamic graphics and videos.

Lexus LIT IS (Credit: Lexus Vehicle)

The car, which is designed to send a bold signal, is featured in UK chart-topping artist Dua Lipa’s new music video for her hit song “Be the One.” 

The 2017 IS has a commanding design and Lexus wanted to amplify those styling cues like never before. To create the LIT IS, Lexus used hand-applied LEDs to turn the vehicle into an eye-catching screen. In addition to broadcasting graphics, the LIT IS can also generate colourful, mesmerising animations in response to gestures and music. Through this responsive technology and the animations, an expressive car was turned into an actual vehicle for expression.

The custom car produces 175,000 lumens when fully illuminated, and the LED strips, if placed end-to-end, would stretch half a mile in length. Three distinct modes allow the LIT IS to interact with sounds and people in its vicinity. Attract mode features a loop of colourful graphics that highlight the strong lines of the IS and play into its bold styling. Music Viz mode is designed to respond to music, as the LEDs will create custom, responsive displays that perfectly sync to any song. Gesture mode allows the motion of the LED animations to be controlled by users’ hand movements with the help of a gaming console. This mode directly connects the car and the driver, allowing the person to send a signal and see the car respond.

Video courtesy of Lexus Vehicles.


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