Don't look back: Lexus launching first digital side view mirrors

Don't look back: Lexus launching first digital side view mirrors

Don't look back: Lexus launching first digital side view mirrors

It will be the first mass-produced vehicle to get cameras and screens as wing mirrors - Volkswagen only made 250 units of the XL1 fuel economy special, and the Audi e-tron isn't out yet.

The technology is called the Digital Outer Mirror and will roll-out in the new-gen ES sedan starting October.

Lexus has taken the technological leap and introduced a camera which replaces the outside rear-view mirror. 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".

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.

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Along with these features, Lexus says the camera lenses are heated and the housings keep raindrops from collecting on them. 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 auto to replace the traditional side mirror. Brightness will also be automatically adjusted to increase visibility at night and in the bad weather, improving security.

There are various benefits to doing this, from better peripheral vision and better field of view, to reduced wind noise and better aerodynamics.

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

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