Mirrorless Lexus ES Going On Sale In Japan This October


With Lexus's "Digital Outer Mirrors", the typical glass mirror pods are replaced by rear-facing digital cameras.

The Digital Outer Mirrors displays what is on the left, right and rear of the vehicle on a monitor inside the cabin that is stacked below the A-pillar. They provide enhanced views of the area around the auto at night and in inclement weather.

The seventh-generation Lexus ES will be available with a new exterior camera system, which replaces the traditional set of wing mirrors.

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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.

Alongside the more streamlined, sleeker look its new Digital Side-View Mirrors provides are a host of neat tech features created to help make the driving experience safer and more convenient.

- The camera will display the images on a monitor inside the cabin placed at the bottom of the A-pillar. In addition to providing an expanded view and better visibility at night and in poor weather, these digital systems can help yield better fuel efficiency due to the more aerodynamic design of the camera setup. Drivers can also change the images manually "to obtain complete peripheral awareness of the area around the vehicle". And as the cameras cause less drag than mirrors, there's less annoying wind noise too. The Japan-market ES will be the first to offer the tech as an option, but we presume it will roll out to other Lexus and Toyota models as well.