Lexus unveils world's 1st digital outer mirrors

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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.

Although sleeker than the ES' regular flagpole mirrors, the new camera pods for the digital exterior mirror system are larger and decidedly more conspicuous than the units fitted to nearly every new concept auto.

The cameras will only be available in Japan initially, and only on the new ES 300h Version L, but Lexus will determine whether to bring them to the USA after reviewing the feedback from buyers. The cameras also are shaped so that they won't be obscured by rain or snow. The cameras in the Digital Outer Mirrors transmit the images onto 5-inch display monitors located inside the cabin at the base of the front pillars.

2019 Lexus ES Side Camera Video Display
The feed from the new side camera's will be displayed inside on two 5-inch displays that sit on the ES a-pillars

The digital system automatically magnifies corresponding views when the vehicle turns left, right or gets into reverse gear. Digital Outer Mirrors is an extension of the full display mirror (FDM) digital rear view mirror that Lexus and Toyota already offer.

Of course, the Lexus isn't the only vehicle we've seen lately to use cameras to replace wing mirrors, but the new ES has beaten the Audi E-tron to market by quite a distance.

Of course, this system also allows for slim and futuristic looking "side mirrors" that provide better forward visibility and the reduction of wind noise, due to their smaller surface area.

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