Lexus unveils world's 1st digital outer mirrors

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

Lexus will offer the world's first* Digital Outer Mirrors to be equipped on a mass-produced vehicle.

The Digital Outer Mirror will make its debut on the new Lexus ES in Japan, where it will go on sale in late October.

Of course, the Lexus isn't the only auto we've seen lately to use cameras to replace wing mirrors, but the new ES has beaten the Audi E-tron to market by quite a distance. They provide enhanced views of the area around the auto at night and in inclement weather. The camera system monitors also allow a clearer view of the surrounding area around the auto than a normal mirror allows.

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

The feed from the new side camera's will be displayed inside on two 5-inch displays that sit on the ES' a-pillars.

. When one of the turn signals are activated, the system automatically enhances the video display (left or right) to help drivers see out better.

There are other benefits too, including the cameras being able to resist the buildup of raindrops or snow thanks to their design, and better visibility in all conditions. View areas around the vehicle can be enhanced manually to give the driver complete peripheral awareness. Digital Outer Mirrors is an extension of the full display mirror (FDM) digital rear view mirror that Lexus and Toyota already offer.

Mirrorless cars may also have an improved fuel economy due to the lower drag of the slim camera housing; wind noise and visibility will also be improved.

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