Audi Teases 2014 A8 Facelift by Showing New Matrix Headlights

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The 2014 Audi A8 prototype we showed you a few weeks ago is now headed towards a full reveal. The German automaker know for innovation through technology has just shown the new Maxtrix LED headlights with will replace the current ones.
Far from being just a gimmick to change the look of the luxury saloon, Audi's Matrix LED technology will split the high-beam lights into many smaller individual diodes, each with their own lenses. Each can be deactivated or dimmed, so you can leaven them on high without wording about blinding incoming traffic while also enjoying superior visibility.

Audi says their system is much faster and more effective than mechanically operated lenses used by their competitors to do basically the same thing.

"Matrix LED technology offers fascinating potential in many different respects, in terms of the number of individual LEDs, their arrangement, and the size and design of the headlights. One of its safety functions in the Audi A8 involves providing what are known as marker lights: These team up with the optional night vision assistant to mark detected pedestrians. When it detects a person in the critical range in front of the car, individual LEDs flash at them rapidly three times in succession, picking out the pedestrian clearly from their surroundings and alerting both the pedestrian and the driver," Audi says.
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