How Audi’s light digitization technology helps enhance vehicle safety

Audi’s systematic light technology can be seen on the new Audi A8, marking the first time that light has been fully digitized in any of the carmaker’s models.

By: HT Auto Desk
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Updated on:
16 May 2022, 02:14 PM

Audi’s lane light and orientation lights are especially useful when it’s dark and there’s a lot happening on the highway.

Audi is working on developing its light digitization technology and tapping into a wider range of possibilities and perspectives that it offers such as added safety for the driver, external communication and individualization of the vehicle. The carmaker’s systematic light technology can be seen on the new Audi A8, marking the first time that light has been fully digitized in any Audi models.

The digital matrix LED headlights and digital OLED rear lights raise the vehicle to a different level to the customer experience. The car can be further personalized through its digital OLED rear lights. The Digital Matrix LED headlights also come with three new functions – advanced traffic information, LED light with indicator lights on highways, and an orientation light on country roads.

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The lane light and the orientation lights are especially useful when it’s dark and there’s a lot going on on the highway as they illuminate the car’s own lane, helping the driver focus on driving events. The integrated position marking from the orientation light – darkened arrows in a kind of ‘carpet of light’ known as the lane light – predicts the vehicle’s position between the lane markers, while encouraging safe driving in the center of the lane.

Coming to the advanced traffic information feature, apart from a display in the digital instrument panel, the digitized headlights now project a warning indicator on the road for about three seconds. A triangle with an exclamation mark inside it is projected from the steering wheel, so that the driver can keep looking forward on the road.

Further, the marking light in the digital matrix LED headlights helps identify pedestrians near the road in the dark. If they are located in the front of the car, the night vision assistant recognizes the situation and the marking light highlights the person’s targeted illumination. With such a combination of features, thanks to Audi’s light digitization technology, its cars become much safer.

First Published Date: 16 May 2022, 02:13 PM IST

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