Audi's e-tron has virtual exterior mirrors

July 09, 2018 // By Julien Happich
Car maker Audi showcased its e-tron concept electric vehicle, a full-size SUV designed with a new digital operating and display experience. The e-tron is the first volume-production car with virtual exterior mirrors.

The stage in the interior of the Audi e-tron prototype forms a large arc, the wraparound. It envelops the extensive instrument panel with pronounced horizontal lines as far round as the sculptural door trims. It incorporates the hood above the standard Audi virtual cockpit whose sleek display stands visually free in the space, as well as the displays of the optional virtual exterior mirrors.

These mirrors will be making their world premiere in the volume-production version of the Audi e-tron prototype, notes the car maker, not only providind a new technology experience, but also many practical benefits in terms of comfort and safety. Their flat support integrates a small camera whose image is digitally processed and shown on high-contrast 7-inch OLED displays in the interior. The driver can enter different settings using the touchscreen function. The image detail can be moved, providing the required field of vision, while the user can also zoom in and out of the image. The driver can choose from three views in the MMI system for different situations – for highway driving, for turning and for parking.

Another eye-catching feature in the interior is the center tunnel console which rests on open sidewalls. The hand rest with integrated gear change lever appears to float above the console. Lightness and performance are fused into one. The entire driver’s area is focused squarely on the driver.

Audi - www.e-tron.audi


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