Audi has announced the R8 e-tron will become one the world's first production vehicles to be equipped with a digital rear-view mirror.

Audi has announced the R8 e-tron will become one the world's first production vehicles to be equipped with a digital rear-view mirror.

Despite sounding unnecessary, the model doesn't have a rear-window so a digital mirror was deemed critical. The system is similar to the one used on the R18 race car and uses a small camera to capture images of what is behind the vehicle. They are sent to a 7.7-inch AMOLED display which is located in the same spot where a conventional rear-view mirror would be.

The display promises to deliver "brilliant" images and can be dimmed or deactivated at any time. Audi is also investigating future uses for the 'mirror', including using it to display additional information.

 

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