Lexus Starts Dropping Traditional Sideview Mirrors For Cameras

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

Essentially, the side mirrors are cameras, and the live feed is displayed on left and right screens inside the cabin.

The Digital Side-View Monitors will go on sale in late October and will be made available for the Japanese market only.

The 2019 Lexus ES in Japan sees its side mirrors replaced with small, aerodynamic camera stalks.

By installing small exterior cameras on the front doors, Lexus vehicles will provide its drivers with a clearer view of the vehicle's surrounding area. Moreover, the cameras offer an expanded view of the surrounding by augmenting the display area during turns or when backing up.

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Then there are the displays: A pair of 5-inch monitors are attached to the front pillars.

The Japanese manufacturer says the digital mirrors are specifically shaped to "resist the accumulation of raindrops and snow, leaving the driver's view unaffected". And all it took was a little tinkering with the two mirrors popping out from the sides-by removing them completely and replacing them with digital cameras. Brightness will also be automatically adjusted to increase visibility at night and in bad weather, improving security.

The digital mirror system is created to automatically enhance the corresponding area that the driver is viewing be it left, right, or behind the vehicle when the turn signals are activated or when the auto is in reverse. Their absence also means there's less drag and wind noise, which Lexus says results in a quieter, more comfortable cabin experience for passengers.

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