Detroit — Driving instructors may need to retire safety tips requiring drivers to check their sideview mirrors if three concept cars are an example of what is to come.
The "vehicles of tomorrow," which debuted Jan. 15 at the North American International Auto Show, replaced bulky sideview mirrors with sleek side cameras.
Lexus, the luxury division of Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp., used cameras in place of mirrors to avoid a disruption in the exterior design flow on the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept, the company said.
The concept crossover was created at Calty Design Research Inc., Toyota's design studio in Newport Beach, Calif.
"It's a little weird seeing cars without mirrors just because we're so used to seeing these things sticking out," Kevin Hunter, president of Calty Design Research, said in an interview on the show floor. "But the more and more I've been seeing cars and we've been doing these camera systems, I've already gotten used to the idea of the cleaner body design without that mirror.
"Mirrors are really an old idea, and I love the possibilities that cameras open up for us," Hunter added. "You can put them anywhere."