Another Audi Lighting Development
Audi, undoubtedly, has had a bigger effect on contemporary exterior design than any other vehicle manufacturer. Its pioneering of LED lamps has had a literal fleet of followers, with varying levels of executional success.
Now it is launching a variant of its lighting scheme. Debuting on the A8 is a new turn signal design. In this setup, there are LED lights in the front that are ranged in a strip subdivided into seven blocks. The tail lamps have 24 LEDs in eight segments. When the turn signal is turned on, the blocks are sequentially activated at 20-millisecond intervals, from inside out, indicating the direction of the turn. After 150 milliseconds, all of the lamps are illuminated. They stay illuminated for 250 milliseconds, then the sequence repeats.
Give it a year or two and you’ll undoubtedly find a proliferation predicated on this Audi approach.
Sandy Munro and his team of engineers and costing analysts at Munro & Associates were contacted by UBS Research—an arm of the giant banking and investment firm—and asked whether it was possible to do a teardown and cost assessment of the Chevrolet Bolt EV.
Plenty of interior components are injection molded. But some companies—such as VW—are using a process for trim pieces that both mold a component and cover it in fabric in a single molding process. And it is coming to the U.S. in the not-too-distant future.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.