Don't look back: Lexus launching first digital side view mirrors

Lexus will offer the world's first* Digital Outer Mirrors to be equipped on a mass-produced vehicle.

The Digital Outer Mirrors displays what is on the left, right and rear of the auto on a monitor inside the cabin that is stacked below the A-pillar.

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.

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.

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. Moreover, the cameras offer an expanded view of the surrounding by augmenting the display area during turns or when backing up. The luxury brand has installed small exterior cameras on the front doors, which it says provide drivers with a "clearer view of the vehicle's surrounding area".

With Lexus's "Digital Outer Mirrors", the typical glass mirror pods are replaced by rear-facing digital cameras. And all it took was a little tinkering with the two mirrors popping out from the sides-by removing them completely and replacing them with digital cameras. Each of the monitors are at the base of the front pillars.

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

There are various benefits to doing this, from better peripheral vision and better field of view, to reduced wind noise and better aerodynamics.

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