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Lexus Bringing Digital Side Mirrors to ES Sedan in Europe

Lexus ES Digital Side Mirrors

Lexus is bringing their digital side-view monitor technology to Europe as an option for the ES 300h sedan. The system replaces the standard side mirrors with high-resolution cameras linked to in-car monitors.

Lexus ES Digital Side Mirrors

The tech was introduced first in Japan two years ago, and it was a world-first for digital mirrors in a high-volume production car. It provides an enhanced view compared to traditional mirrors, reducing and eliminating the driver’s blind spots.

The Digital Side-View Monitor option will be available in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and Poland starting in March, and the rest of Europe by the end of 2020.

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The important thing is that this system works very well in case of rain. In fact, now traditional side mirrors when it rains are practically useless.
 

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This seems to be an afterthought... Good ideia but an less than ideal execution...

Audi E-Tron has a much nicer application:


Even Honda e has previously stated:



Lexus Portugal also stated this will come during 2020, but Lexus could have done it a lot better...

A side view camera, in my opinion, was one of the last things Lexus actually needed right now...
 

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The Lexus ES' digital side-view mirror is obviously an afterthought, not engineered in to the ES during the car's design stage but added afterward.

The Audi e-tron's digital side-view mirror, on the other hand, was engineered into the car during design so that the left- and right-side display monitors are built in to the door panels. But they seem a bit low, requiring a dip of the head to check the side views.

The Honda e's digital side-view mirror was also obviously engineered into the car during design. It would take some time for me to get used to them, though; I find light-coloured moving images in my narrow peripheral vision to be distracting. I do not like to drive with my ES' central display in moving map mode because I find the constantly changing image to be distracting.

I wonder if any automaker will place the side-view monitors up at the top of the windshield, at the height of the central rear-view mirror?
 

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This seems to be an afterthought... Good ideia but an less than ideal execution...

Audi E-Tron has a much nicer application:
I sat in an Audi e-tron at the Toronto Autoshow today, obviously one without the digital side-view mirrors, since this technology is still not legal in the USA (and Canada, I assume, since Canadian automotive regulations closely match American ones).

There is a portion of the upper front door panel -- a cutout -- shaped exactly like that digital side-view mirror display screen (that odd trapezoidal shape), so the interior design was obviously engineered to include a place for digital side-view mirror displays. The displays are not as low as it seems from the photograph but it is still a little low for my tastes, requiring an obvious head-dip to check (especially the close driver's side display).
 
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