The tech is already available on a few models in foreign markets.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration takes a step into the motoring future by announcing a test of how side-mounted cameras could replace conventional mirrors. The agency specifically wants to know how the tech affects driving behavior and lane changes, according to Reuters.
Sideview camera systems are already available on a few models in Europe in Japan, but regulations currently keep the tech off of American roads. NHTSA doesn’t yet offer a time frame for when the agency could modify the rules to allow them in the U.S.
The Lexus ES is among the models available with side-view cameras outside of the U.S. The company’s solution puts five-inch screens for displaying the outward view on each side of the cabin. The cameras’ view adapts to the driver, including zooming out during lane changes. The system also brightens the exterior image during night driving for better visibility.