Audi hosted a special event in Ingolstadt to introduce their new A8 with a focus on the lighting system. All of us attending enjoyed this real, live event. It was a very special day for me, as I was still with the supplier—Automotive Lighting—in 2018 at the start of development of the A8 headlamps. I can still remember how difficult it was to find the necessary installation space for all the many functions and their modules without jeopardising the beautiful design. In the end, we succeeded, and the result is a beautiful symbiosis of cutting-edge technology and design.
Audi put on a magic show in their large light tunnel, showcasing the functions and highlights of the A8 and giving a glimpse into the future of how design and technology can be combined. Higher segmentation in OLEDS, among other things, are the path to further digitalisation, which will find its completion in fully illuminated, interactive car bodies.
The 1.3-megapixel DMD module is the central functional component in the A8 headlamps, after that module’s marque premiere in the e-tron. This module enhances safety when driving at night with its effective ADB and with new functions like the orientation light on country roads, the lane light, and direction indicator lights. At the same time, the driver has the option of individually setting their personal arrival or departure scenario. This module is framed by the other headlight functions, which successfully complement and support the projected animations through their segmentation. In this way, the car becomes an eye-catcher even before driving off.
In the rear lighting, Audi and setmaker Valeo have put together a successful composition of functional and emotional light in an appealing design. 24 OLED segments per side—standard equipment on the A8—form the core of the rear lighting, and there are additional personalisation and safety features.
Audi have undoubtedly invested heavily in the lighting technology on their new A8, enhancing its safety, recognisability and grace. This week’s in-depth article brings you the details.