Audi revealed on Monday that its forthcoming Q6 E-Tron will come with adjustable light signatures, allowing the pattern of the lights to alter depending on the context or the owner’s preferences.
The all-electric compact crossover, which has been delayed by more than a year due to software development hiccups, will incorporate Audi’s second-generation OLEDs in its headlights and taillights. According to the automaker, these OLEDs will function as intelligent displays, conveying information to spectators.
One notable feature is Audi’s communication light, which will be integrated into the Q6 E-Tron’s taillights. This feature can alert other road users of incidents or malfunctions using cloud-sourced traffic data and distinctive light signatures. This concept resembles a system that Audi first introduced in its A8 flagship sedan’s headlights back in 2022.
The communication light could also be used to signal other road users in emergency assistance situations, potential rear-end collisions, emergency or roadside aid calls, and more. It could even be employed to notify nearby vehicles or cyclists that a door is about to open.
Audi Q6 E-Tron Prototype
The Q6 E-Tron’s automated park assist feature could also be signaled with a unique light signature. However, as there is no standardized interpretation of different light signatures, the messages conveyed by the lights would depend on the observer’s interpretation.
Q6 E-Tron owners will also have the flexibility to modify the light signatures of the daytime running lights for the headlights and taillights. This feature can be added on-demand through the vehicle’s infotainment system or the Audi app. Audi plans to offer a range of patterns, including ones with a special sequence for arriving or departing home.
The control of these lighting functions is managed by a software module, a collaborative effort of Audi and the Volkswagen Group’s Cariad software development division.
The Q6 E-Tron is being developed concurrently with the Porsche Macan electric variant. The Q6 E-Tron is slated to launch later this year, while the electric Macan is scheduled for an early 2024 release. Both models will leverage VW Group’s PPE platform designed for mass-market premium electric vehicles.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Audi Q6 E-Tron
What new feature will the Audi Q6 E-Tron have?
The Audi Q6 E-Tron will have adjustable light signatures. These are lights whose pattern changes depending on the situation or wishes of the owner.
What technology is Audi using for the headlights and taillights of the Q6 E-Tron?
Audi is using second-generation OLEDs for the headlights and taillights of the Q6 E-Tron.
What is the communication light in the Audi Q6 E-Tron?
The communication light in the Audi Q6 E-Tron is a feature that allows the vehicle’s lights to warn other road users of incidents such as accidents or breakdowns. This system uses cloud-based traffic information and displays specific light signatures.
How can Q6 E-Tron owners change the light signatures?
Q6 E-Tron owners can change the light signatures of the daytime running lights for both the headlights and taillights. This can be done on demand via the infotainment system or Audi app.
What is the expected launch date of the Audi Q6 E-Tron?
The Audi Q6 E-Tron is set to debut later this year.
More about Audi Q6 E-Tron
- Audi’s Official Site
- Information about Audi’s second-generation OLEDs
- News about the Audi Q6 E-Tron
- Information about Volkswagen Group’s PPE platform