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The Audi e-tron makes cameras for door mirrors a reality

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For years, cameras that replace door mirrors have been a clichéd trope of the concept car. But now they’ve made mainstream production thanks to the Audi e-tron SUV.

Audi’s first fully electric car comes with old-fashioned mirrors. For the fully futuristic look, you need to go for the mirrorless Launch Edition.

The cameras feed displays inside the car, offering 1,280x1,080 pixel resolution. They also have heaters to stop them misting up or freezing, can zoom in and out, and automatically adjust their brightness depending on weather and light. They also knock 15cm off the e-tron’s width. If you’ve ever driven through the rat runs of London, you’ll know how useful that may be.

Naturally, the Launch Edition doesn’t just gain the cameras. The extra that you pay also ups the wheels from 20 to 21 inches, the headlights from LEDs to Matrix LEDs and the roof from mere metal to panoramic glass. You also get a black detailing pack, nicer leather, Audi’s biggest Virtual Cockpit instruments and a full gamut of 360-degree parking cameras.

All e-trons get a 95kWh battery, and will electric motors providing four-wheel drive and 402bhp. And, if you’re careful, nearly 400km on a full charge.

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