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.