Lexus, from Toyota, has announced the introduction of the world’s first digital side-view monitors on the new ES. 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 cameras in the digital side-view monitors transmit the images onto 5-inch display monitors located inside the cabin at the base of the front pillars.
Another advantage the monitors have over their conventional counterparts is that they are shaped to resist the accumulation of raindrops and snow, leaving the driver’s view unaffected.
The system automatically enhances the corresponding area―left, right or behind―when the turn signals are activated, or when the gear 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.
The monitors will make their debut on the new ES, which will go on sale in late October. At this time, they are only available in Japan.