The all-new Audi A4, the ninth generation of the carmaker’s famous mid-sized model, has recently been unveiled in Europe sporting groundbreaking HELLA lighting solutions.
The sedan’s lighting system is a marriage of aesthetics and technology. It includes HELLA-designed features such as a lighting-control unit for actuating headlamps and extra small exterior lamps, rear combination lamps with cutting-edge LED technology, as well as rear lamp and roof module in the interior.
The rear combination lamp, which has functions utilizing state-of-the-art LED technology, reflects the unique light signature of the Ingolstadt-based carmaker. The unique homogenous tail lights are also truly remarkable, providing high visibility from any viewing angle. The LED light source bounces off a channel-type reflector onto a secondary lens that diffuses the light.
Moreover, the rear combination lamp also sports Audi’s unique dynamic turn signals, which are only offered in Europe and are similar to those on the luxury A7 and A8 models. The actuating circuit board has a special piece of hardware combined with corresponding software that actuates three separate LEDs when the turn indicator is engaged to attain a “wiping” effect in the travel direction. The software controlling the process can also be used to produce extra lighting effects. Plus, the rear combination lamp comes with standard bulbs.
Furthermore, HELLA offers a roof module and a rear lamp in the car interior. The roof module consists of a microphone, loudspeaker and roof control. An SOS button and support for roadside assistance can also be integrated.
What’s more, for the very first time in a mid-sized vehicle, interior lighting can be switched on and off or dimmed through a touchless switch function. In order to engage this feature, all the user has to do is position their hand close to the interior lamp.
HELLA highlights its competency in combining electronics and lighting solutions with a lighting control unit that activates the headlamps. This unit regulates the position and daytime running lights of the LED headlamps, as well as the “wiping” turn indicator. It also makes room for upgrades so that extra lighting effects can be incorporated in the future as well as activates stepper motors for the headlamp leveling system.
Ultimately, the new Audi A4 also boasts smaller lights that utilize LED technology, including the license plate light, auxiliary indicator in the outside mirror, and an extra stop lamp.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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