- Lexus is also launching digital exterior mirrors: it remains to be seen whether the system can actually prove itself under adverse weather conditions.
- Digital exterior mirrors also at Lexus
- Useful additional functions
- Tests under real conditions remain to be seen
Lexus is also launching digital exterior mirrors: it remains to be seen whether the system can actually prove itself under adverse weather conditions.
Digital exterior mirrors also at Lexus
Cameras instead of exterior mirrors: Lexus brings the ES 300 h to Europe. And with it, for the first time, digital exterior mirrors.
After the technology first found its way onto our roads in some trucks and in the first cars such as the Audi E-Tron, more and more manufacturers are now using small, streamlined camera units instead of exterior mirrors. At the Geneva Motor Show in early March, Lexus will also show its approach to the new technology with the ES 300h.
Useful additional functions
The manufacturer promises “improved visibility of the area behind and immediately to the side of the vehicle in all driving conditions” and emphasizes above all the automatic wide-angle function of the cameras, which is helpful when turning and reversing and eliminates blind spots. The function is activated automatically when the driver uses the indicator or reverse gear, but can also be controlled manually. Added value is also added by auxiliary lines that are displayed in the image, which help to estimate distances when reversing and changing lanes. It already works very well on the Honda e, so expect it to do the same on the Lexus.
If, as the Japanese promise, the cameras are really positioned in such a way that they are adequately protected from rain and snow, one can assume that the driver will actually see the two five-inch monitors attached to the A-pillar in the interior sees more and better than through conventional mirrors. An integrated heating and de-icing function, as well as automatic dimming in the dark should always ensure good visibility.
Tests under real conditions remain to be seen
These and other well-known advantages of digital exterior mirrors, such as reduced wind noise due to the small camera unit, lower air resistance and a larger field of vision to the front, are of no use if the driver has no visual advantage from the technology, or, even worse, disadvantages. For example, the monitors should be bright enough to be easy to read even in backlit conditions. The resolution of the cameras and monitors should also be high enough to be able to recognize enough. The first driving tests have to show whether the system has proven itself.
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