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Audi’s digital rear-view mirror is located where, otherwise, a traditional mirror would be (Photo: Audi)

Audi will start equipping its R8 e-tron with a digital rear-view mirror later this year.

The premium car maker said the mirror, first tested in the R18 e-tron quattro during the Le Mans 24 Hours race earlier this year,  will go into small-scale production in the R8 e-tron, which doesn't have a rear window and thus cannot use a conventional mirror.

The digital display is attached to a camera. An intelligent control system adapts the picture to light conditions and can prevent blinding effects from the headlights of other vehicles. Audi said selected information may be displayed on the monitor at a later date.

The 7.7 inch monitor will be in the same spot where a traditional mirror would otherwise be located. The Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (AMOLED) display is built by Samsung.

Audi's e-tron models are full electric vehicles.