Lexus side view cameras look wonderful

Alfred Osborne
September 13, 2018

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.

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

The next Lexus ES will no longer have conventional side mirrors, and in their place will instead employ cameras that project the rear-facing image onto small screens located on the inside A-pillars. This allows for enhanced views of the area around the vehicle at night and in inclement weather, Lexus says.

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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.

The digital system automatically magnifies corresponding views when the vehicle turns left, right or gets into reverse gear.

The digital mirrors will make their debut on the all-new ES, which is expected to go on sale in Japan in October, following its launch in Thailand and the United States. Lexus is exploring the possibility of offering the tech for the American market, but a spokesperson couldn't say when it might be available, as timing will depend on federal safety regulations that have yet to be determined.

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