In continuing with its goal to be the leading automaker in lighting innovation and development, Audi has announced its new Matrix Laser lighting system.
The updated Matrix lights feature a rapidly moving micro-mirror which redirect a blue light laser beam as its projected onto it. This converts the blue light into white light and projects it onto the road. Audi says the lights are able to provide a larger, wider projection area when the vehicle is travelling slowly, or a narrower, more intense beam when travelling at highway speeds. Like its ‘LaserSpot’ headlamps introduced on the R8 LMX, the technology also allows for varying degrees of brightness in certain areas of the beam projection.
Compared to the Matrix LED light, the Matrix Laser light “offers even finer dynamic resolution and therefore a higher degree of utilization,” Audi says, thus improving road safety. The light was developed as part of Audi’s ‘intelligent laser light for compact and high-resolution adaptive headlights’ (iLaS) project, which it is working on with Bosch, Osram and the Lighting Technology Institute of the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology in Germany.