Ahead of its August 30th debut, Audi has announced its upcoming Audi e-tron EV will feature virtual exterior mirrors, replacing standard side mirrors.
According to Audi, the cost-optional virtual mirrors of the Audi e-tron will serve to cut wind noise, reducing its width by 150mm and drag-coefficient by a paltry 0.28, in an effort to pull out all stops towards improved aerodynamics. Images from the camera are relayed to OLED displays between the door and dashboard, with three view configurations that adjust mirror upon highway driving, turning, and parking.
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Aerodynamics have long been a hot button at Audi, with extreme measures taken to date, including adaptive air suspension, laser headlamps, and eliminating raised lettering out of flatter tires, indenting them into the rubber instead Even a minimal saving to drag coefficient figures could result in more than a mile of range saved per fill.
The virtual mirrors of the Audi e-tron EV will not be available in all markets due to locale-specific regulations. This may include the U.S, due to US Department of Transportation rules that require physical mirrors.
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