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Lexus unveils world's 1st digital outer mirrors

Lexus unveils world's 1st digital outer mirrors”

The Digital Outer Mirrors show what is on the left, right and rear of the auto, displaying the camera's images on a monitor inside the cabin.

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.

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 even automatically adjust their field of focus when a turn signal is activated, or the vehicle is put into reverse. It will be the first mass-produced vehicle to get cameras and screens as wing mirrors - Volkswagen only made 250 units of the XL1 fuel economy special, and the Audi e-tron isn't out yet.

Lexus claims that the system results not only in improved visibility, but also in reduced wind noise. The views on the five-inch monitors located at the base of the A pillars can be manually enhanced by the driver.

Here in the US, the technology has yet to be made legal, though vehicles are already being sold with video screens that replace the center rearview mirror. Interestingly, the brand says the digital mirrors are shaped to "resist the accumulation of raindrops and snow".



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