The combination rear lamps of the Q5 have a larger number of individually controllable segments that can be activated as required and have infinitely variable brightness control. In the Q5 this means three tiles of six units each, i.e. 18 segments per light. The great variability offers lighting designers many options with a single hardware. Customers of the Q5 who have opted for the optional digital OLED technology can choose between three different signatures in the combination rear lamps when buying their car. In Audi drive select mode "dynamic", the lights also switch to another signature. Animation effects such as coming-home/leaving-home lighting scenarios can also be implemented. "Here, the combination rear lamps become a kind of display on the outer skin," says Werner Thomas, project manager for OLED technology at Audi. The lighting expert said that Audi already has further OLED innovations in the pipeline that are to be launched on the market in the next few years.
In the new Q5 OLED combination rear lamp, Audi has also implemented an approach detection system: If another road user approaches a stationary Q5 from behind at less than two meters, all OLED segments are activated to increase attention and encourage the driver of the approaching car to brake. When the Q5 drives off again, the original light signature appears. The activation / deactivation is triggered through the car's ultrasonic distance sensors in the rear bumpers.