I was invited last week by Wolfgang Huhn to visit Audi’s brand-new light tunnel and to attend a presentation on the latest innovations from Audi. Michael Hamm was there, and Stephan Berlitz and Cesar Muntado—and what a great pleasure to see Dr. Schleuter, Dr. Huhn’s former boss who retired a few years ago. What I saw on my visit explains why Audi are such enduring lighting pioneers. The light tunnel is probably the biggest in the world; we can drive in and assess, among many other things, seeing distance and lighting homogeneity in static and dynamic conditions.
Three expo-booths explained the job of Audi, their strategy, and potential next lighting innovations—some of them almost impossible to imagine, but with an evidently good chance for most of them to succeed.
I was impressed by the prospect of dynamic OLED lights to warn drivers of danger, the matrix LEDs, laser modules with hundreds of thousands of micromirrors, and drones(!) supplying light in front the car, delivering the light exactely where the driver needs it.
In this week’s DVN, you’ll find more details of the new technologies being developed by Audi.
You also see next, interviews I led in the process of yje building the BOOK on car lighting which will be released in May.
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