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ibusinesslines.com October 17, 2018


Lexus ES gets new side mirrors

14 September 2018, 12:34 | Jodi Jackson

The new camera-based rearview mirrors on the Japanese-market 2019 Lexus ES 300h. Handout Lexus

20180912 01 04 Lexus rearview mirror cameras will debut in October

Of course, the Lexus isn't the only auto we've seen lately to use cameras to replace wing mirrors, but the new ES has beaten the Audi E-tron to market by quite a distance. Both Audi and Japanese developers continue to lobby for mirrorless cars in the States, so only time will tell whether we'll be seeing new vehicles equipped with those stylish camera stanchions any time soon. From its namesake, it replaces the mirrors for small exterior cameras that will provide drivers a clearer view of the vehicle's surroundings.

There are other benefits too, including the cameras being able to resist the buildup of raindrops or snow thanks to their design, and better visibility in all conditions.

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 views on the five-inch monitors located at the base of the A pillars can be manually enhanced by the driver. The image visible on the two five-inch screens at the base of each A-pillar can be enhanced to show greater detail and a broader view, either manually by the driver or automatically when the turn signals are activated or the auto is shifted into reverse.


There's also the enhanced view software, which displays the footage on the monitors inside the cabin in high quality even at night and inclement weather.

The digital mirrors will make their debut on the new ES, which will go on sale in late October.

Lexus has become the first automaker to replace door-mounted mirrors with cameras in a series-produced vehicle. And as the cameras cause less drag than mirrors, there's less annoying wind noise too.



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