You’ve heard about the new Lexus ES right? The slightly shrunk version of the LS packed with either a 300 hp 3.5-litre V6 engine or a 2.5-litre hybrid engine may have a few new tricks up its sleeve but this particular one will get your attention.
The ES is set to feature the world’s first Digital Side-View Monitors, equipped on a mass-produced vehicle. Effectively replacing the exterior mirrors with small cameras, it’s able to provide drivers with a clearer view of the vehicle’s surroundings.
The images are then transmitted onto two 5-inch display monitors, one on each A-pillar. Forget the improved visibility from the slimmer side mirrors, the more intriguing effect is that it’s been designed to “reduce accumulation of raindrops” – a problem we’re all familiar with here in Malaysia when it rains.
Also because of the slimmer design, it’s more aerodynamic so wind noise has been reduced too – resulting in a quieter cabin.
The video above may be thoroughly in Japanese but I guess the visuals paint a very clear picture of what the system can do. You’d also notice how the visuals react and focus area shifts almost actively, according to your turn indicators or when you’re in reverse.
The Digital Side-View Monitors will make its debut on the new Lexus ES, which will go on sale in late October. Currently, the system is only available in Japan.