Audi rear view camera

Audi planning to elminate side mirrors

Audi plans to remove the side view mirrors on their race cars.

Every futuristic concept in recent times includes cameras to replace rear view mirrors. It's become as common in "will never see production" concepts as gull wing doors.

Thanks to government regulations, we won't have rear view cameras replacing drag-inducing mirrors anytime soon. Both the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and the Department of Transportation require physical rear view mirrors on road-ready vehicles.

Not to be dissuaded, though, Audi has found a use for the rear-view cameras normally only seen on concepts: race cars. In racing, arbitrary regulations that are decades out of date are rare. This is even more true in specialty racing like Le Mans.

Audi's latest R18 Le Mans (LMP) prototype features a rear view mirror in the cockpit that is not, well, a mirror. Instead, it's a color LED screen (specifically AMOLED) connected to a video camera housed in the tail fin. Similar to a back-up camera, it gives the driver a view of the losers (er... those behind) to help keep any of those upstarts from getting ideas about passing.

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