For the 2019 ES mid-size sedan, Lexus is trading in traditional side mirrors for digital cameras. Whenever the driver uses the car's indicators or engages reverse "the system automatically enhances the corresponding area".
The digital mirrors will make their debut on the all-new ES, which is expected to go on sale in Japan in October, following its launch in Thailand and the United States.
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.More news: Trump dismisses Woodward book as 'joke'
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). In addition to providing an expanded view and better visibility at night and in poor weather, these digital systems can help yield better fuel efficiency due to the more aerodynamic design of the camera setup.
Essentially, the side mirrors are cameras, and the live feed is displayed on left and right screens inside the cabin.
Along with these features, Lexus says the camera lenses are heated and the housings keep raindrops from collecting on them. Digital Outer Mirrors is an extension of the full display mirror (FDM) digital rear view mirror that Lexus and Toyota already offer.