Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Audi | posted February 18, 2015 07:14
Biggest of its kind in Europe
Audi was one of the first automakers to try out laser lighting for automobiles and now it takes goes even further by opening up a center located in the company’s site in Ingolstadt that is dedicated to the advancements in lighting solutions and systems.
The lighting competence center has a laser lab and also includes a 120-meter long underground tunnel, the biggest lighting tunnel for vehicles in Europe, which is painted matte black allowing development engineers to fully test the efficiency of adaptive high beam and camera‑based lighting assistance systems in the darkest of conditions.
Located under an 11-floor building, there were major challenges in building the ‘center’ alone. It had to do without supporting columns and must have a ceiling of nine meters.
“Audi is the leading brand for automotive lighting technology. From the xenon plus headlight to the matrix‑LED headlight to the laser light, we have been putting pioneering innovations into series production for the past 20 years. Light is part of an automobile’s esthetics and is becoming an interactive medium of information,” said Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development.