Audi's first full-electric car ditches wing mirrors for cameras
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The interior of Audi's first full-electric car looks set to be packed with as much new technology as its all-new electric powertrain.
Newly released pictures show that Audi plans to pioneer camera-based 'virtual door mirrors' that will feed live images to a pair of door-mounted 7-inch OLED screens in the cabin.
Audi have confirmed that the new virtual door mirrors will be available as an option on its first full electric production car - currently referred to as e-tron - when first production models arrive in dealerships in Europe from 2019.
The German automaker say great care has been taken to make the technology as easy and intuitive to use so that it doesn’t detract drivers.
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As well as providing a new experience for drivers, Audi say the use of cameras in place of traditional wing mirrors has practical. comfort and safety benefits too.
The image detail can be moved, providing the required field of vision, while the user can also zoom in and out of the image. The driver can also choose from three views for different situations, with modes optimised for highway driving, turning and for parking.
Audi have also confirmed that its next-generation virtual cockpit driver display will become standard kit on full-electric models.
With its long wheelbase of 2,928 millimetres, the e-tron prototype has ample space for five occupants and their luggage. Interior length, head room in front and rear as well as knee room in the second seat row are top-class in the full-size SUV segment.
As well as featuring premium materials, Audi say one of the major benefits of the new interior will be its 'acoustic comfort.'
The SUV's body has special soundproofing and sealing in all zones that could transmit noise interference. Audi say this sealing significantly reduces wind noise at 80km/h, with the only noticeable sounds coming from the tyres and a hum from the electric motor.
However, things change when you tun the radio on. The electric SUV will feature Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System with 16 loudspeakers and an amplifier delivering up to 705 watts of power.
Audi are keeping tight-lipped on specific details about the electric motor and battery powering the e-tron for now, but they will say that it will deliver a range of over 400km in mixed, real-world conditions.
Currently there are 250 e-tron prototypes covering on four continents as part of the car’s final testing programme.