Audi is no stranger to state-of-the-art technology. With its shift in focus to networking the car with its environment – particularly considering future piloted driving and mobile communications, Audi invented some amazing innovative lighting technologies, and presented the concepts at the 2013 CES in Las Vegas, USA.
Ideally suited for use inside the vehicle or in rear lights, the OLED technology correlates to the external light design, which Audi is aiming to adopt – will be as intelligent as it is attractive. it can, for example, react to the approaching driver, follow his or her movements and highlight the main contours of the vehicle or the door handle. when the user has entered the car, restrained OLED lighting will become active inside.
Using OLED technologies, AUDI engineers have developed ‘the swarm’ bu transforming a vehicle’s rear end into a large, continuous light surface, with innumerable small points of light flickering like a swarm of fish. the movements of the red dots follow the movements of the vehicle. when a right turn is made, they flow to the right; when the car is braked, they flow rapidly forwards; the faster the car goes, the faster they move. the following driver can always see right away what the driver of the car in front is doing.
Known as the ‘matrix beam’, the principle consists of dividing the LED main-beam headlight up into a large number of individual segments. the small individual diodes backed by lenses or reflectors always provide excellent illumination without needing a swiveling mechanism. they are simply switched on and off individually or dimmed to suit the situation.
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