Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Lexus rearview mirror cameras will debut in October

Lexus rearview mirror cameras will debut in October

They're called the Digital Outer Mirrors, and it will be the first of its kind equipped on a mass produced vehicle (the Volkswagen XL1 would be the first vehicle to offer it).

Vision from the cameras is displayed on 5.0-inch screens mounted at the base of the A-pillars.

Replacing side mirrors with cameras has always been a concept-car flight of fancy, but Lexus will be the first automaker to make this tech a reality for a mass-produced model.

The system automatically enhances the corresponding area - left, right or behind - when the turn signals are activated, or when the transmission is put into reverse. First and foremost, superior forward visibility is complemented by a reduction in wind noise.

Here in the USA, the technology has yet to be made legal, though vehicles are already being sold with video screens that replace the center rearview mirror.

The new ES will become the first mirrorless production vehicle when it goes on sale this October.

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 development of cars without conventional side view mirrors has been proposed for some time now due to their number of advantages.

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

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