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Lexus debuts a model with cameras instead of side-view mirrors in Europe

Launched in Japan in 2018, the side-view digital camera system developed by Lexus is now coming to Europe. It’s going to shortly be unveiled on the Lexus ES 300h on the Geneva Motor Present, which runs on March 5-15.

The thought of the brand new system is to switch commonplace side-view mirrors with compact high-definition cameras that relay real-time video to 5in screens hooked up to the dashboard on the base of the windshield pillars. The system offers an enhanced view that eliminates blind spots, and the video is robotically optimised in response to tough situations, akin to evening driving, or rain or snow. In Europe, the digital side-view mirrors shall be solely accessible on the ES 300h luxurious hybrid sedan.

The engineers at Lexus have developed a user-friendly interface which allows drivers to regulate, amongst different issues, the orientation and the brightness pictures supplied by the cameras, which robotically retract when the car is parked. The cameras are additionally smaller than conventional side-view mirrors, which signifies that they generate much less wind noise, scale back the car’s drag coefficient, and obtrude much less within the driver’s visual view when cornering or manoeuvring.

Housed in aerodynamic casings to cut back their publicity to mud and rain, the cameras are geared up with built-in heaters to forestall freezing or misting, in addition they have luminescence sensors that robotically scale back the glare from the headlamps of different cars.

Contained in the car, the system provides reference pointers to the video on the screens, which assist the driving force appropriately place the car when parking, and to evaluate protected distances when freeway driving.

Different producers are additionally creating related side-view digital camera programs, most notably Audi, which is providing “digital mirrors” on its e-tron.

Lastly, Lexus has introduced that it is going to be bringing three European premieres to the Geneva Motor Present, most notably the model’s first all-electric manufacturing mannequin, the UX 300e.

(The 90th Geneva Motor Present runs on March 5-15, on the Palexpo Geneva. Web site:

– AFP Relaxnews

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