The Audi R8 is the first mass-produced car to feature LED headlights,media reported. At the time, automotive LED lighting was in its infancy: the R8 was at the dawn of an updated, more modern, more high-tech automotive era. And at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, in addition to the new Audi e-tron Sportback, the company actually brought something bigger — something to do with digital matrix LED headlights.
The e-tron Sportback’s importance in the history of the car was further reinforced as the first mass-produced vehicle with digital matrix headlights. In the future, the lighting system will also appear on the e-tron SUV. The foreign-media slashgear editor has made a very graphic analogy for this new headlight design: the average headlights are like Motorola’s old flip-flops, while the more advanced digital matrix headlights are like Motorola’s futuristic, collapsible Razr phone.
It is understood that the headlights can project up to 1.2 million individual pixels of light each. Both mean that the number doubles — to 2.4 megapixels, meaning that in theory, the headlights could project an entire movie in the front of the car, even if it’s black and white. If you don’t think black-and-white movies sound attractive, don’t worry, i’ve heard that Audi is developing color pixels for the next generation of digital matrix LED technologies.
“In the future, we’re thinking about communication in front of the car or communication around the car, like Fang Shuo, warning cyclists on the right side of the car and pedestrians on the left,” said Stephen Berlitz, head of audi lighting innovation. Maybe the same technology will apply to the taillights, but that’s all I can reveal at the moment. “
The e-tron Sportback, known as the “light blanket” by Audi, works with cameras used in self-driving systems. It adjusts the brightness of the lights according to the road conditions. For now, however, the system is only available for highway driving, and only works when it reaches more than 40 miles per hour and only when there are visible lane signs on the road.
The e-tron Sportback, which has the system, is understood to be costing more than the regular version by 4,000 pounds.