Audi flicks the switch on Quattro Sport Laserlight concept

Audi unveils powerful new laser high beam headlight technology

Audi's new laserlight technology is set to make the future three times brighter bringing high beams that can stretch a distance of five football fields

Audi has demonstrated their vision for how we'll defeat the darkness on the roads in the future, introducing innovative new laser light technology that is three times as powerful as LED lights at CES 2014.

The German car manufacturers took the covers off their new laser-powered lights which boast an output of 1,200 lumens, almost double the range of standard LED high beams.

They will be the first company to put this laser technology into production with the system one day replacing LED lights across their range.

The new lighting system outputs beams that are three times stronger than LEDs with beams capable of reaching distances of over five football fields.

How the Audi Laser Lights work

Laser diodes emit a monochromatic and coherent light with a wavelength of 450 nanometers. In its natural form it has a bluish shimmer. A phosphor-coated film in front of the diode converts it into a white light suitable for automotive applications.

Just a few millimeters in diameter, the laser diodes are even smaller than LED diodes and come very close to the theoretical ideal of a high-output, point light source for use in cars.

The laser lights will make their debut in the Audi R18 Quattro race car at Le Mans next June. Audi also showed their 'Piloted Driving' tech off on the streets of Vegas, check the video below:


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