Mirrorless Lexus ES Going On Sale In Japan This October

The 2019 Lexus ES Gets Cameras Instead of Sideview Mirrors, but Only in Japan

Japanese market versions of the 2019 Lexus ES will be available with digital cameras that replace conventional exterior mirrors. Lexus will start offering Digital Outer Mirrors, and the first vehicle to get it will be the new ES saloon. It's not just plain feed too - the Digital Outer Mirrors offer an expanded view of the car's surroundings by augmenting the display area during turns or when reversing. The cameras mounted on the front doors are far smaller and thinner than mirrors, for one thing, which helps improve forward visibility and reduces wind noise at highway speeds.

Cameras are equipped to areas where side mirrors are usually located and capture views of the vehicle's sides and back, which are shown on monitors set in front of the driver's and front passenger's seats within the cabin.

The system automatically enhances the corresponding area when indicators are activated, or when the transmission is put into reverse.

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.

Along with these features, Lexus says the camera lenses are heated and the housings keep raindrops from collecting on them.

We're surprised it's taken this long for manufacturers to catch on, but Lexus is finally offering digital wing mirrors as an option for the upcoming ES replacement model.

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