German sports and luxury car manufacturer Audi have announced that their upcoming line of R8 E-Tron models would be replacing the traditional rear views mirrors with a 7.7-inch AMOLED display supplied by Samsung. The digital rear-view mirror will work in conjunction with a camera that will enable a larger field of vision unlike a conventional rear-view mirror. The ultra-lightweight camera is located in an aerodynamically optimized housing, and despite featuring a lens only a few millimeters in diameter, captures a much larger field of vision than a conventional rear-view mirror.
Audi selected the ultra slim Samsung AMOLED (active matrix organic light emitting diode) displays like the ones’s currently found in smartphones in particular as they are thinner, lighter and more energy efficient than a conventional LCD monitor, and the organic materials used in the display are self-illuminating at low voltage, therefore do not require back lighting, making them easier on the driver’s eyes. The display’s intelligent control system prevents dazzle from the headlights of trailing vehicles, and can be manually dimmed or deactivated by the driver at any time.
Audi says it is working on incorporating more functions and additional information into the display in the future. At this stage, the digital rear-view mirror system will be fitted exclusively to the R8 E-Tron, although the technology is expected to filter down through Audi’s vehicle line-up in the coming years as it becomes cheaper, more advanced and more widely accepted.
We are in an age where smartphones and tablets are replacing those bulky computers, rear-view mirrors being replaced by Digital displays and so on. So what does the future hold in store for us next ? I’m hoping for a flying car (me and my wishful thinking). What would you guys want ?