Audi e-tron electric SUV to have cameras in place of exterior rearview mirrors
German automaker Audi’s forthcoming e-tron electric SUV will apparently be the first production car to have cameras in place of exterior rearview mirrors.
The move by Audi to eliminate exterior rearview mirrors in the upcoming e-tron electric SUV underscores a significant attempt by the automaker to enhance the efficiency of the car and extend its range. With typical rearview mirrors on the sides of a vehicle making an addition of between 0.015 and 0.03 to the drag coefficient, the elimination of the side mirrors by Audi for the e-tron electric SUV is expected to give the car an extra range of 5 to 9 miles.
According to the information shared by Audi, the camera systems of the e-tron will not only reduce the electric car’s width by 5.9 inches, but will also bring significant reduction to wind noise and drag.
Sharing details of the camera system coming aboard the e-tron electric SUV, Audi has revealed that the image from camera on the driver’s side will appear on a screen positioned between the door and the instrument cluster.
Audi will make the exterior cameras available as an option for e-tron electric SUV buyers in Europe in other markets of the world. However, the use of exterior cameras is presently not legal in the United States.
In a recent press release, German automaker Audi has confirmed that the expected range of its all-electric e-tron Quattro SUV on the WLTP driving cycle will be “over 400 kilometers (248.5 miles)” on a single charge.
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