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Lighting technologies

Audi has led the way in the field of lighting technology for years now. Futuristic design is combined with cutting-edge technology, producing a distinctive appearance at the same time as enhancing active safety out on the road.

adaptive light


Comprising dynamic cornering lights, variable headlight range control as well as static turning lights, adaptive light adjusts to the situation in hand to optimum effect, thereby offering increased safety and enabling the driver to react faster.

Dynamic cornering lights


Winding sections of road are detected based on the movement of the steering wheel, prompting the headlight module to swivel automatically in order to follow the steering angle. The swivel characteristics can be programmed via the Audi drive select driving dynamics control system. There is also an all-weather light function for broader illumination of the road ahead and reduced backglare.

Variable headlight range control


The variable headlight range control uses a video camera to detect the lights of oncoming or preceding vehicles. The range and width of the headlight beams are then smoothly adjusted to suit the ambient conditions. This allows optimum illumination of the road without dazzling other road users.

Static turning lights


Networking with the MMI navigation plus allows route details to be retrieved in advance and relayed to the lighting computer. As a result, the system can switch on the turning lights automatically when approaching road junctions. And in countries such as the United Kingdom, the headlights are automatically switched from right-hand to left-hand traffic, simply based on the reception of geo-coordinates.

LED technology


Light-emitting diodes boast a wealth of technical advantages compared to conventional bulbs. These include: far superior light yield/energy efficiency, lower heat build-up, significant benefits in terms of space required and scope for design, as well as their long service life, which far exceeds that of a vehicle under optimum conditions. They are furthermore maintenance free and attain their full brightness in the space of a few nanoseconds – this is around a million times faster than conventional bulbs or xenon systems, offering an additional safety boost in indicator and brake lights especially.

In 2013, the EU Commission in Brussels (European Commission DG Climate Action, Unit C.2 Transport & Ozone) officially recognised the inclusion of LED exterior lighting on Audi A6 models since 2009 as an eco-innovation, making Audi the world’s first manufacturer to be awarded this title.

Overview of LED

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