Lexus has announced that it is installing Digital Outer Mirrors on its new ES in Japan beginning in October.
Lexus said that installing small exterior cameras on the front doors of its vehicles will provide its drivers with a clearer view of the vehicle's surrounding area. The cameras in the Digital Outer Mirrors transmit the images onto 5-inch displays located inside the cabin at the base of the front pillars. The mirrors are shaped to resist the accumulation of raindrops and snow, leaving the driver's view unaffected. They provide enhanced views of the area around the car at night and in inclement weather.
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. The view of areas around the car can be manually enhanced by the driver to obtain complete peripheral awareness of the area around the vehicle. By replacing the vehicle's conventional side mirrors with small cameras, side mirrors no longer block the view outside the front windows, resulting in improved visibility. Wind noise has also been reduced, resulting in a quieter cabin.