Wednesday, 29 August 2012

New Audi electric car aint got rear-view mirrors

There have been plenty of cool new innovations introduced to vehicles over the last few years – but it almost seems unthinkable that a mainstay like the rear-view mirror may be reaching the end of its run.

Yet that might just be the case if the new Audi R8 E-Tron is anything to go by

The electric car, due to enter small-scale production this year, has no rear window and no conventional rear-view mirror. Instead it uses a digital rear-view mirror with a control unit that produces a high contrast image and prevents dazzle from the headlights of other vehicles. The driver is able to dim or deactivate the display at any time.

In addition, a small camera is located in an aerodynamically optimised housing and uses a lens to cover a much larger field of vision than a traditional rear-view mirror.

Meanwhile, in place of a conventional rear-view mirror is a 7.7inch screen that displays the digital image data from the camera.

The new displays are said to be more energy efficient, thinner and lighter than LCD monitors.
The digital rear-view mirror also appeared in the Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro that was used in the Le Mans 24Hrs Race.

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