Anticipation of the Audi A2: concept car with ultra bright LED "matrix beam" headlights

Sep 6, 2011 One of the most anticipated concept cars  that will be presented this year at Frankfurt Auto Show is the Audi A2.  According to the Car and driver, one of the features unveiled before the show is the whole flair of lights that the concept will have.  They includethe deep character line that runs from the trailing edge of the headlights back to the tips of the taillights is packed with dynamic lights that can perform a number of functions. When the driver activates the A2’s turn signal, pulses of light run down the side of the car in step with the turn indicators. During braking, a spear of red light extends forward from the taillights in proportion to braking force. As if identifying Audis at night weren’t easy enough already, with their signature LED head- and taillight accents, the A2’s side array also acts as a giant marker light.

Ensuring that the body-side lighting doesn’t steal the show, the A2 concept’s headlights and rear fog light feature advanced lighting technology as well. The car’s headlights utilize matrix-beam lighting, which Audi is referring to as the next step in LED technology—it’s essentially a cluster of LEDs and small reflectors that intensify the headlight’s beam. The rear fog light’s glow is produced by laser diodes, which can give off a concentrated beam of light or project a red triangle onto the road. In addition to the fancy lights, you can unlock the doors using hand gestures after “approach sensors” determine your proximity to the car.

Although it is claimed Audi A2 will be suitable for 4 passengers, they might feel a bit tight inside, since car measures 3.80 meters long, 1.69 meters wide and 1.49 meters high, very similar to Mini Cooper.

Audi has talked about bringing a small car like the A2 to the U.S., but no commitments  have been made yet.

Sources:
http://www.caranddriver.com/news/car/11q3/audi_a2_concept-auto_shows

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2011/09/audis-a2-concept-is-all-about-the-lights/1

http://www.nitrobahn.com/conceptz/autoshows/audi-a2-concept-car-ready-for-frankfurt-auto-show/

Author:  Alice Jones

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