Audi R8 e-Tron Features First Digital Rear-View Mirror

Though the lack of a back window makes a conventional rear-view mirror useless, Audi is not letting that get in the way, and will be introducing the digital rear view mirror on its new R8 e-Tron.

Fitted with a 7.7-inch AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) screen in place of a rear-view mirror, a small camera mounted in an aerodynamic housing on the back of the car allows the driver to see an even wider range of view than a mirror would have. The AMOLED technology is thinner, lighter and more energy efficient than a LCD screen, and is self-illuminating, meaning that no back lighting is required.

The rear-view camera system has already been put to use in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro and R18 ultra race cars that ran at this year 24 hours of Le Mans. Audi took home the top three spots from the race, proving the technology must be sound.

The R8 e-Tron will be the first production passenger car to feature the technology, though now it is feasible for Audi to fit this into more of its lineup.

To watch the digital mirror in use, click here to watch a video of the R8 e-Tron lapping the Nurburgring.