Audi is showing off new laser headlight technology this week at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show on its Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept, and most intriguingly, the automaker has plans to use the long-range lighting on production vehicles. Audi CEO Rupert Stadler tells Automotive News that this type of headlights will be used on a future production vehicle, although he did not specify any timeframe.

On the concept vehicle, the headlights employ LED low beams, while the high beams use the laserlight technology. Audi says that these lights are not only very small ("a few microns in diameter") they are also able to light the road for almost a third of a mile (1,640 feet), with three times the brightness of an LED highbeam, yet with pinpoint control. These lights have already been confirmed for use in motorsports on the 2014 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro LMP1 racecar, and the tech will eventually trickle down to road-going cars.

In addition to how long this trickle down will take, it's doubtful we'll see these lights in the US anytime soon. Audi is still working with the US Department of Transportation for approval of its LED Matrix Beam headlights, which are already sold in other markets, and the negotiations appear to be taking quite a bit of time. Automotive News also notes that the laser headlights earmarked as options on the 2015 BMW i8 will not be offered in the US, either.


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      The Wasp
      • 11 Months Ago
      Big deal...how long until these show up on all manner of used Civics, Jettas, and 10 year old A4s? (Without the active dimming feature, of course.)
      cpwallen
      • 11 Months Ago
      Great Now we'll be even more blinded by oncoming Audis and have retina damage to boot!
      bK
      • 11 Months Ago
      I predict many many chinese ebay laser headlight retrofit literally burning everybody's retinas
      Mikelibramania
      • 11 Months Ago
      This laserlight technology is made by Fiat Chrysler group ! Laserlight and LED Technology from Audi are made by Automotiv Lightning which was a Fiat subsidiary, know a Fiat-Chrysler subsidiary First intelligent all-LED headlamp with adaptive light functions – one of the products to meet with success in the red dot award: product design 2011 http://www.al-lighting.com/press/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=180&cHash=7321d0cd053dbfadadc7adb2a4639eb5 Automotive Lighting achievmentes (Headlamp for Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Alfa, Jeep,Chrysler, Fiat, Maserati, Ferrari eccetera)
        Mikelibramania
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Mikelibramania
        All about AL (Automotive Lighting) products and technologie achievments, look at http://www.al-lighting.com/press/archive/
      SloopJohnB
      • 11 Months Ago
      Not to worry…sooner or later it will come to aftermarket sources….even it it's not approved in the US as OEM.
      Leather Bear
      • 11 Months Ago
      Dr. Evil's next new car.
      ksrcm
      • 11 Months Ago
      Oh, goody! Now I'll be able to go out at night and blast my twisty roads at even higher illegal speeds when there is absolutely nobody out there. Besides, it was about dang time to put tech into something that adds to actual DRIVING, not entertainment, connectivity or emissions.
      Jake
      • 11 Months Ago
      I'm sure it will only cost a couple of thou to replace when it stops working.
      action3500
      • 11 Months Ago
      Working with DOT to get approval? Why do we even need DOT approval, every other car in my area has aftermarket "HID" lights or drives with high beams on anyway.
      Indubitably
      • 11 Months Ago
      And when one is damaged or broken it'll cost you your first born child to replace.
      Andrew Berardinelli
      • 11 Months Ago
      So now people who blind you with their high beams can do it from a greater distance, and with better accuracy.
        KC
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Andrew Berardinelli
        "The system uses small cameras to detect other vehicles on the road and darkens specific elements of the high-beam pattern to provide maximum nighttime visibility without blinding other drivers..." Actually it should do the opposite, I am all for taking control of the high beams out of drivers hand.
      vi_per
      • 11 Months Ago
      Nice. Imagine staring into oncoming laser beams daily for a 1 hour commute. Astute lawyers - start signing people up for class action lawsuits.
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