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Lexus unveils world's 1st digital outer mirrors

20180912 01 04 Lexus rearview mirror cameras will debut in October The new camera-based rearview mirrors on the Japanese-market 2019 Lexus ES 300h. Handout Lexus
Cecil Davis | 13 September, 2018, 16:11

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 vehicle to replace the traditional side mirror.

Replacing side mirrors with cameras has always been a concept-car flight of fancy, but Lexus will be the first automaker to make this tech a reality for a mass-produced model.

The system goes above and beyond by zooming out or enhancing each view depending on when you signal or put the vehicle in reverse.

The digital mirrors are smaller than existing sideview mirrors that provide better forward visibility. Interestingly, the brand says the digital mirrors are shaped to "resist the accumulation of raindrops and snow".

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

Mirrorless cars may also have an improved fuel economy due to the lower drag of the slim camera housing; wind noise and visibility will also be improved.

Lexus is set to become the first automaker to replace the rectangles of reflective glass with video cameras on a high volume model when the new Japanese market 2019 ES goes on sale. Digital Outer Mirrors is an extension of the full display mirror (FDM) digital rear view mirror that Lexus and Toyota already offer.