The new Lexus ES is the first car to benefit from the Japanese carmaker’s new Digital Outer Mirrors, which takes a well-known concept car cue and makes it available in a series production model.

As its name suggests, the Digital Outer Mirrors replace the conventional wing mirrors with cameras, which are wired up to five-inch displays placed at the base of the A-pillars inside the cabin.

Lexus says there are many benefits from the system, including the ability to enhance the view of the area around the car at night and in unpleasant weather. Additionally, the Digital Outer Mirrors can use augmented reality to further assist the driver by enhancing the corresponding area – left, right or behind – when the turn signals are activated, or when the transmission is put into reverse.

The adoption of slim cameras also help to reduce wind noise due to their small footprint in the air, which helps to enhance NVH. Their shape also makes it better for forward visibility, and prevent the accumulation of raindrops and snow.

To highlight some of the features of the system, Lexus has prepared the video above that compares its Digital Outer Mirrors to conventional side mirrors. In it, you’ll be able to see some of the advantages of the system, but which will you prefer?

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