As a leading brand in automotive lighting technology, Audi presents the new Matrix OLED lights. This new technology enables a previously unattainable level of lighting homogeneity and opens up further opportunities when it comes to the design of future Audi models. Shown for the first time in a concept car at the IAA, OLED lights combine high-tech engineering and design and Audi are currently working to implement this technology in production tail lights.
OLED stands for "organic light emitting diode" with each one being made up of a number of thin layers of organic semiconductor materials, each less than one-thousandth of a millimeter thick. A low DC voltage activates these layers to light them and the colour is based on the molecular composition of the light source. These are flat light sources which do not cast any shadows and do not require relectors, light guides or similar optical components, making them very efficient and lightweight.
Progress in OLED technology is moving quickly due to the driving force of Audi with the hope that OLEDs will soon be able to generate turn signal and brake lights. The organic material will be encased by flexible plastic films which will allow Audi designers to produce entirely new creative concepts when designing new models. Audi has already shown the potential of OLED technology in the form of multi-coloured OLEDs in the silhouette of the car and "the swarm" with a three-dimensional OLED display. This is demonstrated in the video below.
These OLEDs can also be subdivided into small segments and controlled at different brightness levels, come in different colours and as transparent OLED units. All these features allow Audi to develop new lighting scenarios with fast switchover times and illuminated sub-surfaces which exhibit very precise boundaries with one another. This is what distinguishes OLED technology at Audi, transforming it into the Audi Matrix OLED technology that supplements Audi Matrix LED and Matrix Laser technologies for headlights.For more information on this, or any other Audi technology, please contact Audi Centre, South Dublin