Lexus will start offering Digital Outer Mirrors, and the first vehicle to get it will be the new ES saloon.
The Japanese manufacturer says the digital mirrors are specifically shaped to "resist the accumulation of raindrops and snow, leaving the driver's view unaffected".
The digital mirrors will make their debut on the all-new ES, which is expected to go on sale in Japan in October, following its launch in Thailand and the United States.
In Japanese markets, the 2019 Lexus ES will replace the traditional side mirrors with a new digital camera system. The cameras automatically shift their focus to the appropriate area when the driver activates their turn signals or puts the auto in reverse.
The cameras will only be available in Japan initially, and only on the new ES 300h Version L, but Lexus will determine whether to bring them to the USA after reviewing the feedback from buyers.
Of course, this system also allows for slim and futuristic looking "side mirrors" that provide better forward visibility and the reduction of wind noise, due to their smaller surface area.
The feed from the new side camera's will be displayed inside on two 5-inch displays that sit on the ES' a-pillars..
While these benefits are all fine and dandy, let's just hope they're flexible enough to fold in when absent-mind drivers or pedestrians decide to bump into them.