Audi Wants to ‘Cover Your Back’


The Detroit Bureau - August 10, 2012

Audi faces a big prob­lem with its new R8 e-tron.  The battery-electric ver­sion of its 2-seat super­car has no back win­dow – thus, it can’t offer a rearview mir­ror. Almost a buyer neces­sity, what to do?

The R8 e-tron will pro­vide a much more detailed and accu­rate image than other cur­rent backup cam­eras. How?

Audi has come up with the same dig­i­tal “mir­ror” used on its R18 endurance racer. An advanced, 7.7-inch organic LED screen will effec­tively recre­ate the image of a tra­di­tional rearview mir­ror – while adding in a few neat, high-tech tricks, such as the abil­ity to block the glare from headlights.

It will rely on a spe­cial cam­era hid­den in an “aero­dy­nam­i­cally opti­mized” upper hous­ing at the back of the car, posi­tioned to give the same basic view­ing angle as a real rearview mir­ror – though it will also offer a wider field of view.