Let’s See How Those Audi E-Tron SUV Virtual Mirrors Actually Work


Don’t those displays look at little small to you?

One of the weirder aspects to the new Audi E-Tron electric SUV is its virtual side mirrors that replace traditional glass pieces with rear-facing cameras mounted to stalks. Videos now provide actual examples of how these devices work and possibly raise some questions about their effectiveness.

The clip above shows the touchscreen’s operation. Tapping the screen brings up an array of options to adjust the display. By using a finger, the driver can change where the camera looks. Pressing an icon lets the driver adjust the passenger side display, too.

The video below shows the mirrors working on the road.

While the seven-inch camera displays are nicely integrated into the cabin’s aesthetics, their shape doesn’t look ideal for seeing behind the vehicle. The trapezoidal screen means that there’s diagonal slice out of the top and one side of the image. Audi says that drivers can zoom the image in an out, so it might be possible to adjust the display to get a wider view. There are also three settings in the MMI system to adapt the cameras for highway motoring, turning, and parking.

The cabin will also feature digital displays for the instruments, infotainment, and HVAC controls. There will also be an optional, 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo.

The virtual mirrors will be an option on the E-Tron and likely won’t be available in all markets. Most countries don’t yet have regulations that allow them to replace glass pieces. Japan is one of the few places that specifically permits camera-based side mirrors. However, Audi says that it is lobbying officials in major markets to change things.

Audi will officially debut the E-Tron to the press soon, and the company will begin deliveries at the end of 2018 or in very early 2019. The electric SUV will use a 95-kilowatt-hour battery that will allow for a 248.5-mile (400-kilometer) range in the WLTP test cycle.

Source: Audi AG via Facebook, Auditography via YouTube

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20 Comments on "Let’s See How Those Audi E-Tron SUV Virtual Mirrors Actually Work"

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Wow that is really cool, touch screen controls right on the rear view display. Well done Audi, now premier the car already……..

Did you see the rear HVAC controls in I-Pace? looks like similar technology, even a touch screen on the knobs in the I-Pace, and haptic feedback… It aint your grandpa’s Buick… haha! :)~

I tried a similar system to the I-Pace’s on a Range Rover Velar with the dials, it’s really nice. It’s like using a smart watch with nice physical controls, and an easy to read little screen displaying all the functions.

An expensive and badly performing solution to a problem that didn’t exist. Especially with 95 kWh to play with. Idiotic gimmick.

Removing bulky mirrors can save up to 6 miles of range, it’s not a gimmick it’s an aerodynamic feature.

I’d gladly sacrifice 6 miles to not have some over engineered solution to a problem that was solved like 100 years ago (or whenever cars first had side mirrors). It’s such a stupid gimmick and something I’d expect from Tesla. Plus, they’re not even in a good spot; they’re too low.

I didn’t say I thought they were a good idea. But it does seem to be something automakers want to do for aerodynamic performance. There is a purpose so it’s not just a gimmick, they’re not just doing it because it’s another way to use technology. I wouldn’t mind keeping mirrors either, and you can these cameras are optional.

There may be options with nightvision coming as standard og this feature is legal more places.
Somebody must be kind of like the first, and then others will continue to develop feature, come up with better solutions and so on.

Nightvision is most useful out the front, for deer and elk…. My Lexus has that, and its useful on the North Cascades Highway here in WA state.

6 miles? who cares… Put more air in the tires if you are that worried about range…

Front license plates are about half that bad.

Aerodynamics are no joke.

Electric motor for the charging port door?
I see a problem in Winter, how strong is that electric motor.
Will ice impede it’s opening…

Just like washer nozzles, wipers, mirrors and anything else it will be heated. This car isn’t built with just California in mind.

Teslas have power operated charge port doors. The Model 3’s goes up, can it repeatedly open lifting snow, and not beak…….

Tesla time news, did a winter story on this…

I guess they’re taking a page out of the Tesla handbook of over-engineering and re-inventing the wheel. Yes, it will be a problem in the winter just like it is with the door handles on a Model S.

I just don’t understand why manufacturers think that EVs need to have everything reinvented and over engineered.

At least the e-tron has normal door handles so it’s a little better in that aspect.

There would actually be no reason as why to make the mirror displays so small and so weird-shaped. And I don’t see the need to adjust the mirror, as the relative position of the driver should not have any impact on the viewing angle any more…

I am not a fan of these cameras initially as looking in the mirror is on the same plane for a head check and simple, but need to drive one to see how it works in practice… Will try to keep an open mind and try it…

Autogefühl has a 30 minute piece about the e-tron. The driving part is not that interesting IMO, because Thomas does not drive himself so is limited to some comments about ride quality. But the rest is interesting, I think.