Peek into the future
The most futuristic feature on the exteriors though is the absence of conventional rear view mirrors that are replaced by virtual exterior mirrors using cameras that project the exterior image on a screen built in on the door trim on either side. Not only do these cameras have an auto mode whereby they zoom out at higher speeds and perform the tilt function while reversing, they also eliminate blind spots and with an integrated lower camera these also help in providing a 360-deg view when required. The image is projected on a touch screen on the door panel trim and this image can be zoomed into or rotated or otherwise adjusted using single or dual touch options like on any touchscreen phone. They are futuristic and fit well on an electric vehicle that is the company’s first full step into futuristic technologies but also play a more important functional role in the case of the e-tron. An overall 0.01 point coefficient of drag reduction from 0.28 to 0.27 is effected and Audi engineers believe that every hundredth of a point reduction in drag results in an additional 5km of range on the e-tron. Conventional rear view mirrors will continue to be used in markets where they are legally required.