Volkswagen is launching I.Q.LIGHT – LED Matrix Headlamps in the 2019 Touareg. The adaptive matrix headlamps will employ targeted control of up to 128 LEDs to provide precise and optimal light distribution and luminous intensity.
The LED Matrix Headlamps will enhance safety because they allow drivers to recognize road details and possible obstacles at night earlier, giving them more time to respond.
Individually controlled LEDs blend into a matrix of light areas in, both, the high and low beam modules. The low beam employs a matrix of 48 LEDs positioned on a shared circuit board. The high beam circuit board uses 27 LEDs. Combined these 75 LEDs form the adaptive matrix light. 53 additional LEDs ensure that lighting functions can be shown, including the illumination in front of the vehicle, as well as the daytime running lights, the cornering lights, the position lights, and the direction indicators. In total, the front lamps of the new Touareg will use 256 LEDs.
The front digital camera will analyze the road conditions, spot oncoming vehicles, etc. And that data combined with GPS data, along with speed, and steering angles will go into selecting the LEDs in the matrix to provide the ideal headlamp illumination for the road and the surrounding area up ahead in less than a second.
In the Touareg, the LED Matrix Headlamp system performs the LED selection and illumination within the headlamp matrix automatically using “Dynamic Light Assist” to turn on and off the LEDs independently and adjust the lights to the current environment, topography, and traffic situation.
Through an aggregate of many different pieces of data, the car recognizes the driving location as on a city or a country road, on the highway, or off-road and will anticipate where other road users might currently be located. The very precise illumination of individual LEDs within the LED Matrix Headlamps ensures that the lights never produce glare.
The camera-based system reacts to signs by temporarily dimming the LEDs to avoids causing glare for Touareg drivers themselves. The camera even identifies reflections caused by rain-slicked roads and reduces them to avoid glare.
2019 Touareg Night Vision Explained
The new Night Vision system is touted as being able to see people and animals up to 130 feet away. The camera display will be shown on the instrument panel and replace your normal speedometer and fuel gauge, and any detected creatures will be highlighted in yellow on the black and white screen. If those creatures then wander into the path of the car, they’ll be shown in red and labeled as a potential collision threat by the onboard computer.
This is when Night Vision kicks into high gear. Even if you don’t have the camera view displayed on your instrument panel, Night Vision will take over and show the thermal imaging view if it detects a threat. It’ll also ping an audible alert via the cabin speakers and immediately set the brakes to the highest possible setting.
However, all that happens only at speeds exceeding 31 mph. If you’re at 30 mph and below, the system doesn’t go into overdrive like that. Instead, it’ll just play the audible warning ping and a red light will pop up on the heads-up display.
Night Vision will also work with VW’s new “IQ.Light – LED matrix headlights,” which will flash an unwary pedestrian a warning signal if the system detects them in the threat zone at speeds above 37 mph.
This isn’t the only high tech feature on the 2019 Touareg, it’s got a whole new Infotainment system which we’re eager to check out!!