Looking Forward: To say that Audi's E-Tron Concept electric SUV is packed with technology is an understatement. A prototype of the near-standard vehicle was on display at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, and now two videos have been released showing its interior and bringing us closer to the virtual side mirror system.
Instead of drilling on the outside of the vehicle with old, traditional side mirrors, the crossover has optional winglets with reversing cameras. These capture videos that are output to the 7-inch OLED monitors in the doors directly above the handles. Take a look at the following clip courtesy of Auditography to take a closer look at this technique.
Not only are the missing side mirrors making the E-Tron more aerodynamic, which improves the range, but the screens also offer different views of highways, street corners and parking lots. The driver can adjust the camera angle and zoom in and out with his finger. You also have control of the passenger side, presumably via dashboard controls.
The system seems less secure than traditional mirrors – there are questions about whether they provide depth perception – but Audi says they offer comfort and safety Benefits
Audi was launched on August 30 in Brussels with the E Tron, which was postponed after the arrest of CEO Rupert Stadler because of his involvement in the current diesel gate scandal of the parent company Volkswagen. The US launch is now scheduled for a later date that has not yet been decided.