Lexus unveils world's 1st digital outer mirrors

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Mirrorless vehicles have been proposed by stylists for some time now, but Lexus is the first to put the technology into a production auto.

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.

Like the new Audi e-tron, which will offer a similar side camera mirror setup, but not in the USA due to regulatory obstacles, Lexus is only offering this system in its home market for now (European regulations also allow cameras as mirrors).

The digital system automatically magnifies corresponding views when the vehicle turns left, right or gets into reverse gear.

Of course, this system also allows for slim and futuristic looking "side mirrors" that provide better forward visibility and the reduction of wind noise, due to their smaller surface area.

The new camera-based rearview mirrors on the Japanese-market 2019 Lexus ES 300h. Another advantage is that Digital Outer Mirrors are shaped to resist the accumulation of raindrops and snow.

The feed from the new side camera's will be displayed inside on two 5-inch displays that sit on the ES' a-pillars.

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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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