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2019 Lexus ES gets camera sideview mirrors

For now, though, the digital tech is only available in Toyota's home market of Japan.

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A pair of 5-inch screens near the base of the Lexus ES' A-pillars replace traditional exterior-mounted glass mirrors.

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Sleek stanchion camera housings are said to cut drag on the 2019 ES versus conventional mirrors, but Lexus isn't saying by how much.

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Side-view camera mirrors have been a concept car fixture for decades, but now are starting to appear in production in overseas markets.

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Lexus is claiming its tech is a "world first" in a production car, but Audi confirmed its upcoming E-Tron electric SUV will have similar tech earlier this year. 

Who will make it to market first?

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5-inch screens should provide a crisp, backlit view, day or night.

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The substitution of a side camera allows for slightly better forward outward visibility, too.

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The camera's field of view changes when the driver flicks the turn signal, or if he or she puts the car in reverse.

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The 2019 Lexus ES hits US dealers this month, but Digital Outer Mirrors will not be available here any time soon -- for now, the tech will be limited to Japan.

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Keep clicking or scrolling for more images of Lexus' new Digital Outer Mirrors.

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