Audi equips Q5 with "digital" OLED taillights

July 29, 2020 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Audi equips Q5 with "digital" OLED taillights
Carmaker Audi has equipped its new Q5 mini SUV with a lighting innovation: The vehicle has OLED combination rear lamps, which for the first time can be personalised.

The vehicle manufacturer brought OLED combination rearlights into series production as early as 2016 - in the TT RS roadster model. Now the new Q5 benefits from the further development of OLED technology as such; Audi has also come up with some nice gags to upgrade the combination rearlights.

The advantages of OLEDs over conventional LED light sources: Their light is extremely homogeneous. It can be infinitely dimmed and achieves a very high contrast. It can be divided into segments, which can be controlled and dimmed separately. An OLED lighting unit requires no reflectors, light guides or similar optics. This makes such units very efficient, light and flat which in turn considerably increases the design freedom.

Audi’s OLED lighting elements are only one millimeter thin, while conventional LED solutions require much greater installation depths of 20 to 30 millimeters. The energy requirement of an OLED is significantly lower compared to an LED optic if the latter is to achieve a similar homogeneity.

Until now, Audi models with OLED lighting technology have had up to four individually controllable, complex light segments that could be used for a single, fixed lighting design.


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