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Old 20th February 2013, 11:10   #1
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Thumbs up Audi's new matrix LED lighting & the NHTSA's dilemma!

Barring the NHTSA's dilemma, this seems like a great innovation in street lighting and may make its way to mainstream cars.

Audiís matrix lighting, first shown on the Audi A2 concept car (photo below) at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, comprises multiple segments that can be turned on or off as conditions warrant. Some elements could be steerable to help drivers go around corners. Combine it with next-generation GPS and the steerable lamp could swivel before you even begun to turn the wheel.

An accompanying multi-function camera watches for oncoming vehicles and has the smarts to tell them from all the lights strung along a used car lot. It also can (in the concept car at least) watch for pedestrians alongside the road. It daytime, it could also be the lane departure warning camera, possibly a forward collision warning camera if the car doesnít have adaptive cruise control radar.
"when Audi asked the National Highway Transportation Administration for a ruling, the NHTSA demurred, unsure how to fit the square peg of a variable-output, matrix headlamp array into the round hole they call low and high beams."
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Default Re: Audi's new matrix LED lighting & the NHTSA's dilemma!

Audi Sport quattro laserlight concept revealed .

Audi has announced plans to introduce the Sport quattro laserlight concept at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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"two low-profile trapezoidal elements are visible within the headlights – the outer one generates the low beam light using matrix LEDs and an aperture mask, while the inner element produces laser light for high-beamfunctionality." Audi goes on to say the laser high-beam lights have three times the luminosity of LED high-beam lights and will illuminate the road for approximately 500 meters (1,640 ft).
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