New Audi with OLED Technology from Osram 

Splitting the OLEDs into three individually controllable lighting segments – two outer and one inner segment – allows for different lighting functions to be combined. (click for larger version; source: Audi)

The new rear lights for the new Audi TT RS feature OLEDs from lighting manufacturer Osram – in its own terms currently the only company to offer this innovative lighting technology for automotive applications. “We are delighted that our OLEDs in the new TT RS are now used in a large volume production vehicle,” said Hans-Joachim Schwabe, CEO Specialty Lighting at Osram.

The linear organic light emitting diodes in the rear light on the production vehicle emphasize the flatness of the light source and act as a design highlight, particularly when viewed slightly from the side. Splitting the OLEDs into three individually controllable lighting segments – two outer and one inner segments – allows for different lighting functions to be combined. The outer segments are illuminated permanently to support the rear light functions, whereas the inner segment is added when braking. What’s more, dynamic animations for opening and closing the vehicle known as coming / leaving home scenarios can also be implemented.

Apart from their innovative design, which was adapted to the styling of the lights to suit specific customer requirements, the new rear lights also offer functionality. A total of four OLEDs with a total light-emitting area of 49 cm2 and a brightness of 1,000 cd/m2 are mounted as a module on a holder with a mirrored bezel, guaranteeing optimum visibility on the road. (Source: Osram)

Links: Audi AG, Ingolstadt, Germany • Osram OLED GmbH, Regensburg, Germany

Further reading: Flexible OLED Applications Arrive, photonicsviews.com, 7th July 2016

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