Lexus side view cameras look unbelievable

Lexus side view cameras look unbelievable

Lexus side view cameras look unbelievable

The Japanese government lead the way in 2016 when it adopted rules allowing automakers to use cameras instead of mirrors.

Lexus calls the system Digital Side-View Monitors and the images each camera captures are beamed to 5-inch display monitors located inside the cabin.

The Yomiuri ShimbunToyota Motor Corp. has announced that it would install digital outer mirrors in place of sideview mirrors in its Lexus brand's new ES model to be released in late October.

Here in the US, the technology has yet to be made legal, though vehicles are already being sold with video screens that replace the center rearview mirror. Lexus claims that they provide better views of the car's surrounding even at night and in inclement weather. From its namesake, it replaces the mirrors for small exterior cameras that will provide drivers a clearer view of the vehicle's surroundings. When one of the turn signals are activated, the system automatically enhances the video display (left or right) to help drivers see out better.

Lexus says that this camera system removes bulky mirrors on the side of the vehicle cleaning up the view. The cameras also are shaped so that they won't be obscured by rain or snow. If you are excited about ordering an ES with this mirror tech, Lexus says that it will only be available in Japan.

The sedan still has stalks sticking out of its sides, but their lower-profile design reduces aerodynamic drag for fuel efficiency and cuts down on wind noise.

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