Cameras replace mirrors on new Lexus ES model in Japan

In 2016, technology supplier Ichikoh Industries forecasted that by 2023, 29 percent of the Japanese market would have cameras and monitors in place of regular mirrors, about 2.3 million vehicles. Another advantage the Digital Outer Mirrors have over their conventional counterparts is that they are shaped to resist the accumulation of raindrops and snow, leaving the driver's view unaffected.

- The camera will display the images on a monitor inside the cabin placed at the bottom of the A-pillar.

The Digital Outer Mirrors displays what is on the left, right and rear of the auto on a monitor inside the cabin that is stacked below the A-pillar.

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

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Lexus has become the first automaker to replace door-mounted mirrors with cameras in a series-produced auto. This allows for enhanced views of the area around the auto at night and in inclement weather, Lexus says.

The digital mirrors will make their debut on the new ES, which will go on sale in late October. Brightness will also be automatically adjusted to increase visibility at night and in the bad weather, improving security.

For the 2019 ES mid-size sedan, Lexus is trading in traditional side mirrors for digital cameras. Their absence also means there's less drag and wind noise, which Lexus says results in a quieter, more comfortable cabin experience for passengers.

  • Delia Davidson