For the longest time, we've seen automakers put digital cameras on a concept's side mirrors as a way to replace the traditional means of looking at a vehicle's surroundings. While they may look cool, most view it as an expensive gimmick that makes a simple device more complicated.
But Lexus plans on changing that notion this October. Come next month, Lexus will officially launch the 'Digital Side-View Monitors' for the all-new ES. From its namesake, it replaces the mirrors for small exterior cameras that will provide drivers a clearer view of the vehicle's surroundings.
It works by transmitting live video feed onto 5-inch display monitors that are placed near the A-pillars of the cabin. When one of the turn signals are activated, the system automatically enhances the video display (left or right) to help drivers see out better. The system enhances video feed while the car is in reverse to ensure safer parking and maneuvering.
Besides giving drivers a better view of their surroundings, Lexus claims that another advantage of having digital side monitors is that they no longer block the view outside the front windows. This results in better overall visibility and less chances of not seeing something near blindspots.
The Digital Side-View Monitors will go on sale in late October and will be made available for the Japanese market only. There is no word yet if Lexus will offer the new tech for other markets.