Lexus rearview mirror cameras will debut in October

Doris Richards
September 13, 2018

The "Digital Outer Mirror" system, which Lexus claims is a world first on a production vehicle, shows feeds from two exterior cameras on a pair of 5.0-inch screens mounted at the base of the front pillars.

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 technology will debut in the redesigned ES sedan that goes on sale in October.

Like the new Audi e-tron, which will offer a similar side camera mirror setup, but not in the US due to regulatory obstacles, Lexus is only offering this system in its home market for now (European regulations also allow cameras as mirrors).

The system automatically enhances the corresponding area―left, right or behind―when the turn signals are activated, or when the transmission is put into reverse.

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.

The digital mirrors are smaller than existing sideview mirrors that provide better forward visibility. 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.

Side view mirrors are about to be the next thing in your rearview.

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