Mirrorless Lexus ES Going On Sale In Japan This October

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

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.

Lexus has taken the technological leap and introduced a camera which replaces the outside rear-view mirror. Lexus claims that they provide better views of the car's surrounding even at night and in inclement weather.

By installing small exterior cameras on the front doors, Lexus vehicles will provide its drivers with a clearer view of the vehicle's surrounding area.

The 2019 Lexus ES in Japan sees its side mirrors replaced with small, aerodynamic camera stalks.

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Lexus has become the first automaker to replace door-mounted mirrors with cameras in a series-produced auto.

The system automatically enhances the corresponding area when indicators are activated, or when the transmission is put into reverse.

The Japanese manufacturer says the digital mirrors are specifically shaped to "resist the accumulation of raindrops and snow, leaving the driver's view unaffected".

Mirrorless cars may also have an improved fuel economy due to the lower drag of the slim camera housing; wind noise and visibility will also be improved.

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

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