Lexus ES will be first mirrorless production auto

We're talking here about cameras that replace traditional wing mirrors, and the Lexus is the first mass-production vehicle to bring that to the market.

The digital mirrors will make their debut on the new ES, which will go on sale in late October. It's not the cleanest execution of the technology we've seen but it offers several advantages over conventional mirrors, according to Lexus. The cameras in the Digital Outer Mirrors transmit the images onto 5-inch display monitors located inside the cabin at the base of the front pillars.

The digital mirror system is created to automatically enhance the corresponding area that the driver is viewing be it left, right, or behind the vehicle when the turn signals are activated or when the auto is in reverse.

Side view mirrors are about to be the next thing in your rearview.

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 cameras also are shaped so that they won't be obscured by rain or snow.

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.

Although regulations do not permit the technology in the USA, it is legal in Europe, where Audi plans to introduce it as an option the automaker's upcoming all-electric E-Tron SUV.

  • Fernando Stephens