Lexus ES to debut digital exterior mirrors in Japan

The new camera-based rearview mirrors on the Japanese-market 2019 Lexus ES 300h.						Handout Lexus

The new camera-based rearview mirrors on the Japanese-market 2019 Lexus ES 300h. Handout Lexus

They're called the Digital Outer Mirrors, and it will be the first of its kind equipped on a mass produced vehicle (the Volkswagen XL1 would be the first vehicle to offer it).

Mirrorless vehicles have been proposed by stylists for some time now, but Lexus is the first to put the technology into a production auto.

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

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Digital screens mounted on the insides of the door provide the driver with a view that can be enhanced at night, and the field of vision can be adjusted as needed.

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Lexus claims that the system results not only in improved visibility, but also in reduced wind noise. Whenever the driver uses the car's indicators or engages reverse "the system automatically enhances the corresponding area".

The development of cars without conventional side view mirrors has been proposed for some time now due to their number of advantages.

The cameras capture a clearer image than conventional mirrors, which is especially helpful in bad weather conditions where visibility can be compromised.

Lexus says its new, seventh-generation ES is set to become available in October 2018 (in the Japanese market, at least) with what it describes as the "world's first" digital exterior mirrors.

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