Lexus ES to debut digital exterior mirrors in Japan

It's not the cleanest execution of the technology we've seen but it offers several advantages over conventional mirrors, according to Lexus.

The Japanese government lead the way in 2016 when it adopted rules allowing automakers to use cameras instead of mirrors.

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. The cameras also are shaped so that they won't be obscured by rain or snow.

It works by transmitting live video feed onto 5-inch display monitors that are placed near the A-pillars of the cabin.


Alongside the more streamlined, sleeker look its new Digital Side-View Mirrors provides are a host of neat tech features created to help make the driving experience safer and more convenient. In addition, the view of areas around the vehicle can be manually enhanced by the driver.

The "Digital Outer Mirror" system, which Lexus claims is a world first on a production auto, shows feeds from two exterior cameras on a pair of 5.0-inch screens mounted at the base of the front pillars. Brightness will also be automatically adjusted to increase visibility at night and in the bad weather, improving security. Digital Outer Mirrors is an extension of the full display mirror (FDM) digital rear view mirror that Lexus and Toyota already offer.

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


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