Lexus Starts Dropping Traditional Sideview Mirrors For Cameras

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

Here in the USA, the technology has yet to be made legal, though vehicles are already being sold with video screens that replace the center rearview mirror. It will be the first mass-produced auto in the world to adopt such mirrors, the Japanese automaker said. The luxury brand has installed small exterior cameras on the front doors, which it says provide drivers with a "clearer view of the vehicle's surrounding area".

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. These small cameras provide a constant video feed that gets sent to a pair of five-inch screens located at the base of the car's A-pillars.

Besides giving drivers a better view of their surroundings, Lexus claims that another advantage of having digital side monitors is that they no longer block the view outside the front windows.

Lexus says that this camera system removes bulky mirrors on the side of the vehicle cleaning up the view.

The Digital Outer Mirror will make its debut on the new Lexus ES in Japan, where it will go on sale in late October. And as the cameras cause less drag than mirrors, there's less annoying wind noise too.

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. Digital Outer Mirrors is an extension of the full display mirror (FDM) digital rear view mirror that Lexus and Toyota already offer.

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