Audi presents the new generation of OLED Digital technology
In June 2020, Audi showed for the first time the new generation of digital OLED lighting technology by introducing the renewed Audi Q5. The brand with the four rings pioneered the use of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) in 2016. Now, digitization is one more step. This technology promises improvements in road safety and is the first to allow customizing the light signature of the rear light clusters.
Werner Thomas, Audi OLED Technology Project Director, explains: «Automotive lighting technology has undergone rapid evolution at Audi in recent decades. In addition, we have been instrumental in driving the development of automotive lighting systems. the rear lights «. The brand with the four rings has now achieved a new milestone: becoming the first car manufacturer to digitize taillights.
Why is Audi betting on OLED technology?
Unlike point light sources that use semiconductor crystals, such as LEDs, OLEDs are light-emitting panels. The benefits are numerous: its light is extremely homogeneous, has a very high contrast and is infinitely dimmable. In addition, it can be divided into tightly packed and individually controllable segments that can develop different levels of gloss. The OLED lighting unit does not require any type of reflectors, optical fibers or other similar optics. This makes them very efficient, light and flat, which greatly increases design freedom.
An OLED element is barely one millimeter thick, while conventional LED solutions require much greater depths for their installation, between 20 and 30 millimeters. The energy requirements of an OLED are also significantly lower than those of conventional LEDs, if the latter are to achieve similar lighting homogeneity. Audi OLED technology debuted in a production model in the tail lights of the Audi TT RS in 2016. Until now, Audi models with this technology have had four segments that could be used to configure an individual and defined light signature.