To encourage better driving habits, some hybrids use leaves or tree graphics to portray how efficient or inefficiently a driver is, but Lexus has come up with a more unique method of relaying this information. For its Art Is Motion campaign, Lexus has equipped a Lexus IS300h with special software that enables the car to paint a portrait of the driver by combining the skills of generative artist Sergio Albiac with specific inputs from the driver.

A regular photograph is uploaded into the system, but the portrait will vary depending on how the car is driven. Using vehicle speed, engine speed and how often the hybrid system is used, the driver "paints" a self-portrait via the software that has cloned Albaic's creative process, which then shows up on the car's center display screen. If the driver is more cautious and maximizes electric driving, the image will be clear (as shown above), but if the driver accelerates heavily, the picture becomes more abstract. Similarly, slower speeds result in "colder" colors while higher speeds use "virulent" colors – perhaps signifying this type of driving isn't healthy for the environment.

For now, Lexus has only created one Art Is Motion IS300h, and it plans to auction off this car in the future. Lexus released three videos, which are all posted below, to show off this car, but there is no additional information yet about the auction.

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      There should be the same option when you write a post, the computer show a pic of you depending how the post is of value...
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a pompous and smug way to distract my eyes from the road.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      BD will have a nice collection of self portraits.
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's odd... in every portrait the driver looks extremely bored. Could it be the car?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Half decent software, silly to put in a car though. And it wont in any way make me forget that Lexus do crap cars that aren't electric.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Riiiight. Anyone that doesn't build an electric car, in your eyes, is crap. Never mind that Toyota (that's Lexus' parent company, just so you know, genius) brought hybrid technology to the masses and was the first company to recognize Tesla's potential by becoming an engineering partner.
      Ron Faldik
      • 1 Year Ago
      WoW... tha'ts going to come in handy !
      James John
      • 1 Year Ago
      It needs to paint itself a better looking grill instead of a Cleft Lip.
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      Perhaps Lexus and certainly the consumer will be better served if Lexus spends more time and imagination in trying to make their cars more fun and interesting to drive.........
      • 1 Year Ago
      Future News: Toyota, the parent company of Lexus is under scrutiny for what's being called "Unintended Distractions" which are reportedly causing accidents when people view themselves as art while driving! In other Automotive news.....
      • 1 Year Ago
      And in a bold move Infinity announces it will offer an app that allows you to play racquetball on the screen while you drive, moving the ball by swerving back and forth, slamming on the brakes and accelerating rapidly…..
      • 1 Year Ago
      This won't be distracting at all. Would Lexus drivers be so self-centered as to want to see a constantly-painted picture of their own face on their dashboard all the time?
        • 1 Year Ago
        "A regular photograph is uploaded into the system" It can be a picture of anything.
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