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Audi Jumps on Laser Light Bandwagon


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Just the Facts:
  • Audi is following in the footsteps of BMW by introducing new laser-light technology that it says will "open up completely new possibilities for our production models in the future."
  • Audi introduced the technology on its 2014 Audi R18 E-tron Quattro racecar.
  • No word yet on when the technology will be offered to car shoppers.

INGOLSTADT, Germany — Audi is following in the footsteps of BMW by introducing new laser-light technology that it says will "open up completely new possibilities for our production models in the future."

Audi introduced the technology on its 2014 Audi R18 E-tron Quattro racecar.

No word yet on when the technology will be offered to Audi car shoppers.

Automakers at the forefront of laser-light technology say it offers improved visibility and uses less energy than traditional headlights. BMW said it is the first automaker to offer the technology on a mass-produced car. It debuted laser-light technology as an option on the European-spec version of the 2014 BMW i8.

Audi said its laser lights "complement the main LED headlights" on the racecar.

"A blue laser beam backlights a yellow phosphorus crystal lens through which the light beam is then emitted," Audi said. "This new light source provides even more homogenous lighting of the road."

Audi is a pioneer in lighting technology. The 2014 Audi A8 in Europe features the new Matrix LED headlights, which take the high-beam function to a more precise level. The new headlights block out light aimed at oncoming and preceding vehicles but continue to light up other zones.

Federal safety regulators in the U.S. have been slow to approve any new automotive lighting technology.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers can't order an Audi with laser lights at this point, but it may be on the horizon.

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