Lexus Starts Dropping Traditional Sideview Mirrors For Cameras

The 2019 Lexus ES Gets Cameras Instead of Sideview Mirrors, but Only in Japan

The 2019 Lexus ES Gets Cameras Instead of Sideview Mirrors, but Only in Japan

A new Digital Outer Mirror option will debut on the Lexus ES in the Japanese market this October, and it uses exterior cameras and screens inside the vehicle to replace the traditional side mirror.

The Digital Outer Mirrors show what is on the left, right and rear of the vehicle, displaying the camera's images on a monitor inside the cabin.

There's also the enhanced view software, which displays the footage on the monitors inside the cabin in high quality even at night and inclement weather. The cameras automatically shift their focus to the appropriate area when the driver activates their turn signals or puts the auto in reverse.

Vision from the cameras is displayed on 5.0-inch screens mounted at the base of the A-pillars. Another advantage is that Digital Outer Mirrors are shaped to resist the accumulation of raindrops and snow.

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Of course, this system also allows for slim and futuristic looking "side mirrors" that provide better forward visibility and the reduction of wind noise, due to their smaller surface area.

The system automatically enhances the corresponding area―left, right or behind―when the turn signals are activated, or when the transmission is put into reverse.

Lexus says its new, seventh-generation ES is set to become available in October 2018 (in the Japanese market, at least) with what it describes as the "world's first" digital exterior mirrors.

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