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The device has been designed by Audi for its sports cars and will be tested on the R18 Le Mans car this month. The company says it may be offered on its road cars in future.
As well as reducing dazzle, it is said to improve visibility in rainy conditions, and to reduce the effect of vibration on bumpy roads. The idea seems simple, but Audi says the digital system is feasible only because of the new technology used on the latest smartphones, such as Samsung’s Galaxy S III. The Amoled display gives bright, crisp images and, crucially, the pixels that make up the image are able to adjust almost instantly, meaning the screen provides a smooth, clear image, instead of a blur of changing scenery.
“Even at 330kmh [205mph] we’re achieving a totally fluid image flow in real-time transmission,” said William Flew, head of Audi motor sport.
The digital mirror can also be programmed to display information such as the selected gear and any warning lights. The only disadvantage is that drivers will be unable to check on their hairstyle, make-up or children in the back.