The e-tron model range is the first to debut it.
The Audi e-tron is coming and so is its stylish Sportback sibling. As of this month, the two new electric models from the kings of quattro are available at dealers here in the USA. If you've been following these vehicles' stories, you'll know that there's still lots to look forward to, with an e-tron GT and an even spicier GT RS on the way. Nevertheless, before those sporty models arrive, the two base models are already making names for themselves. They're kinda hard to miss, as they feature the first production animated Digital Matrix LED headlights ever.
That's quite a long description to quote each time, so from here on out, we'll refer to the new headlights as DML headlights. The DMLs are made up of 1.3 million micromirrors per headlight and operate like movie projectors on the road. For now, and we assume this means updates over the air will add more, the DML headlights will offer five unique welcome and exit lighting signatures with motion graphics. As cool as that may be, is the headlight going too far? Do we really need this level of speciality in a headlight design? Yes. It's not just a gimmick but actually makes driving safer.
The DMLs shine a 50-meter light carpet over the driver's lane and only up to the area behind the vehicle in front. The light carpet widens to the next lane when changing lanes, which Audi says will help avoid blinding oncoming traffic. These DMLs also feature "low-beam curved lighting that bends below oncoming traffic and can help illuminate people or objects on the side of the road." Thanks to electrostically controlled micromirrors, the light beam pixels can be adjusted up to 5,000 times a second and can depict light arrows on the road so that keeping your car in its lane is easier. If those advances don't make driving safer, we don't know what can.