Lexus ES to debut digital exterior mirrors in Japan

20180912 01 04 Lexus rearview mirror cameras will debut in October

The new camera-based rearview mirrors on the Japanese-market 2019 Lexus ES 300h. Handout Lexus

Other benefits include a reduction of wind noise and better forward visibility due to the elimination of large side mirrors. 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. Whenever the driver uses the car's indicators or engages reverse "the system automatically enhances the corresponding area".

The Yomiuri ShimbunToyota Motor Corp. has announced that it would install digital outer mirrors in place of sideview mirrors in its Lexus brand's new ES model to be released in late October.

The cameras will only be available in Japan initially, and only on the new ES 300h Version L, but Lexus will determine whether to bring them to the US after reviewing the feedback from buyers.

Replacing side mirrors with cameras has always been a concept-car flight of fancy, but Lexus will be the first automaker to make this tech a reality for a mass-produced model.

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Vision from the cameras is displayed on 5.0-inch screens mounted at the base of the A-pillars.

Side view mirrors are about to be the next thing in your rearview. The camera pods are also shaped to resist the accumulation of raindrops, according to Lexus.

The wing mirrors are replaced with small cameras mounted on the outside of the auto, with small screens displaying the feed from these cameras on the inside.

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