Audi digital rear view mirror to be introduced in production models

What was once seen only on racing models, will now be added to production models offering better and safer driving technology. Audi has announced that this Digital Rear View Mirror which was once seen on R18 racers will be offered on Audi R8 e-tron models.

Availability of Digital Rear View Mirror will not only ensure better viewing but also result in enhanced safety as rear images are clearer, brighter and in high contrast. Specially beneficial during night time driving, the intelligent control system prevents dazzle from approaching headlights while drivers have been given the option of dimming or deactivating the display as required. While Audi has already announced this Digital Rear View Mirror, the company is also working on incorporating extra information on the monitor in future.

The camera is ultra lightweight and compact and is placed on the optimized housing. It uses a lens with a diameter of few millimeters with the possibility of covering a larger field of vision as compared to a conventional rear view mirror. A 7.7 inch screen is fitted in place of the rear view mirror which offers digital image date from the camera. Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode display is what comes to the fore which is to be seen for the first time in Audi Passenger vehicles which is being developed in conjuncture with Samsung Display Co. Ltd.

News release: From motorsport to series production:the digital rear-view mirror

– Intelligent camera/monitor system ensures an ideal view
– New technology goes into series production with the Audi R8 e-tron
– Successful debut in the Audi R18 Le Mans race car

Audi is set to make driving even safer with a new technology: the digital rear-view mirror delivers brilliant images and is due to enter small-scale production in the Audi R8 e-tron at the end of this year. This model – like the current Le Mans winners – has no rear window and hence no conventional rear-view mirror. Its high-tech successor is the digital rear-view mirror – a camera/monitor system.

A control unit produces a consistent high-contrast, brilliant image. During the hours of darkness the intelligent control system prevents dazzle from the headlights of other vehicles. The driver can dim or deactivate the display at any time. Audi is also working on incorporating additional information on the monitor in future.

The small, ultra-lightweight camera is located in an aerodynamically optimized housing which is heated in cold temperatures. It uses a lens with a diameter of just a few millimeters and covers a much larger field of vision than a conventional rear-view mirror. A color monitor with a 7.7-inch screen diagonal mounted in place of a conventional rear-view mirror is used to display the digital image data from the camera. This AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) display, which comes from development partner Samsung Display Co., LTD, is making its debut in a passenger car. The organic materials used in the display are self-illuminating at a low voltage – i.e. they do not require backlighting. The AMOLED technology has already proved widely successful in cell phones and similar devices in the consumer segment.

The new displays are more energy-efficient, thinner, and lighter than conventional LCD monitors. Switching times are just a few milliseconds irrespective of the ambient temperature.

The digital rear-view mirror celebrated its dazzling premiere at the Le Mans 24 Hours in the R18 e-tron quattro and R18 ultra race cars which gave Audi a one-two-three win in the legendary race. The new system proved reliable even under the grueling race conditions.