Lexus is dropping traditional side mirrors for sleek digital cameras in what it calls an industry-first move to improve safety, visibility and cabin solitude.
The technology will debut in the redesigned ES sedan in Japan, before brand reviews market feedback to determine whether to expand the system to other models.
The camera-based system will initially only be available in Japan because the country streamlines regulations to allow for mirrorless vehicles.
Mirrorless cars -- or vehicles that drop old-school glass mirrors in favor of video screens -- have long been proposed by stylists and engineers wanting sleeker looks and improved safety. They can also help improve a vehicle's fuel efficiency because the camera setups have lower wind resistance.
On the ES, the change dumps the bulbous metal side pods with their reflective glass mirrors in favor of slim winglets that house digital cameras. The cameras transmit images onto 5-inch monitors in the cabin at the base of the front pillars.
The new system will be optional in Japan.
Lexus parent company Toyota on Wednesday announced the rollout in a news release, calling it the world's first application of such "digital outer mirrors."