Since Audi's R8 e-tron doesn't have a rear window, just like this year's Le Mans winning R18 race car, Audi has confirmed that it will come fitted with the same completely digital rear-view system. Originally found in the R18 race car, this system includes an ultra-lightweight camera, a large, 7.7-inch screen, and an advanced control unit that creates super crisp video no matter what time of day or road conditions.
About the size of a tablet, the rear view screen uses the latest LED technology.
The camera used for the rear-view system on the upcoming Audi e-tron will be located top center on the rear carbon fiber cover where the rear window would normally be on an Audi R8. The housing for the camera has been aerodynamically designed for the lowest drag possible. The housing is also heated and cooled for optimum temperatures for optimal camera properties no matter what the weather conditions are.
Audi decided to partner with Samsung Display Company to create the first AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) 7.7-inch display to be installed in a production vehicle. This technology currently has no automotive applications, but both Samsung and Audi feel using an AMOLED display will be extremely beneficial. Just like in battery operated handheld devices that use this technology, AMOLED technology uses all organic materials that are self-illuminating at an extremely low voltage. Also, this design is thinner, lighter, an also faster than current LCD monitors.
The camera is placed in an aerodynamically designed housing that is also heated and cooled.
The computer that controls this whole system allows for the driver to adjust various settings including brightness or completely disabling the screen. No word on if the tablet size screen either folds up or retracts into the headliner.
Also, Audi hasn't said anything yet if this technology will be found in other models in the future. To learn more about about the rear-view system, take a look at this press release from Audi.