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Lexus unveils world’s 1st digital outer mirrors

Courtesy of Toyota Motor Corp.

A monitor shows a view captured by a digital outer camera.

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. It will be the first mass-produced car in the world to adopt such mirrors, the Japanese automaker said.

Cameras are equipped to areas where side mirrors are usually located and capture views of the vehicle’s sides and back, which are shown on monitors set in front of the driver’s and front passenger’s seats within the cabin.

The digital system automatically magnifies corresponding views when the vehicle turns left, right or gets into reverse gear. Brightness will also be automatically adjusted to increase visibility at night and in bad weather, improving security.

The digital mirrors are smaller than existing sideview mirrors that provide better forward visibility.

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