The latest innovation to be announced in the meantime is the LED-based laser headlight, which Audi presented accordingly spectacularly in the R18 e-tron Le Mans at CES in Las Vegas. The LED light, which is preparing to replace the conventional light bulb everywhere in the car, offers many more possibilities than a light source with an incandescent filament. For example, individual LED segments can be switched on and off selectively. This allows oncoming vehicles and those ahead to be literally cut out of the high beam cone.
Modern headlights with Matrix LED in the Audi Q7
At Audi, this technology is called matrix light. This feature can be ordered for an extra 2000 euros. Audi is intensively researching and developing a wide range of technologies for the light of the future. The manufacturer from Ingolstadt sees itself as a brand with a formative lighting design and associates the terms aesthetics, dynamics and interaction with it. Recently, a Light Assistance Center (LAZ) was inaugurated in Ingolstadt, which serves as a future laboratory. Reason enough for ams professional to take a closer look at Audi’s current developments and research in the lighting sector.
Audi matrix LED technology divides the LED high beam into 25 small high beam light-emitting diodes that interact with five upstream lenses or reflectors. Managed by a fast control unit, they are switched on and off or dimmed individually depending on the situation. As a result, they always provide highly precise illumination and maximum possible luminous efficacy without the need for a swiveling mechanism.