Audi Quattro Concept Gets Laser Headlights for 2014 CES

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Car companies usually work on a concept in order to show it at a major motor show. It's been that way since the days of the Model T, but as consumers are becoming less interested in cars and more into electronics, that seems to be changing.
Earlier today, we brought you Ford's solar powered C-MAX Energi, which is coming to this year's Consumer Electronics Show. That's a really crazy and interesting idea, and it will be joined by an equally novel idea from Audi.

Following the lead set by BMW with their i8, the brand with the four rings is putting LED lights on a car. Not just any car though, as this is the Sport Quattro Concept, first shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013.

If you're puzzled by the car in the photos, thinking it doesn't look that different, that's because Audi used Matrix LED for the low beams which form four haloes on the front of the car. The lasers are inside and have a diameter of just a few microns.

The major advantage of using lasers instead of LED is that even though the system is much smaller, the light emitted has about twice the range and can light up the road for up to 500 meters ahead. That is, if you happen to have half a kilometer of road with no cars that would be blinded.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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