• Lexus LF-1 Concept Has A Unique Take On Side View Mirrors, And It Might Actually Work

Digital screens that really make sense as a replacement for traditional mirrors

In an effort to eke out every last little bit of fuel economy, lots of manufacturers are proposing replacing the traditional side-view mirrors with small cameras, feeding the view to digital screens inside the cabin. The smaller, blade-like cameras reduce aerodynamic drag, thus increasing efficiency in the process (not to mention adding an extra layer of cool digital bling). Unfortunately, the camera feed is usually relayed to some awkward spot inside the cabin, such as on the other side of the dash or even into the rear-view mirror. It’s understandable, considering the limited real estate offered in the modern car interior, but there has to be a more sensible approach. Luckily, it looks like the Lexus LF-1 Concept has the right idea.

Recently revealed with a debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the Lexus LF-1 is the luxury Japanese brand’s latest forward-thinking look at the SUV segment. We think it looks great, with sharp lines, excellent proportions, and solid use of Lexus’ latest styling language. In fact, we liked it so much, we gave it a spot on our Best In Show list. However, the good stuff isn’t limited to what’s going on outside the vehicle, as the Lexus LF-1’s interior is equally attractive.

The multi-tier layout, the color scheme, the glittering panels – all well-executed features, if you ask us. Of particular note are the twin screens flanking the central display behind the steering wheel. These two screens provide a feed from the side-view cameras, which is perfect for the system in question here. Not only does it make it easy for the driver to watch the right and left sides of the vehicle (no need to turn around or take your eyes off the road!), but the ancillary screens still provide plenty of space for whatever infotainment features you might want to see on the dash.

Well done, Lexus. Now we’ll just wait here to see if it makes it into production.


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