Intelligent light. The IQ.Light HD matrix headlights are a technical highlight in the new Touareg and are used in a Volkswagen for the first time in the world. HD stands for high definition and refers here to a sea of extremely bright pixels generated by 38,432 micro LEDs. They illuminate the road better than ever before and thus optimise comfort and safety for the driver and passengers. There are 19,216 micro LEDs distributed on each side of the vehicle to the new triple headlights. Among other things, the matrix system optionally projects an interactive light carpet onto the lane of the premium SUV – the Lane Light. This makes driving at night even more comfortable and makes it easy to drive through narrow motorway road works in the dark because the bright light carpet follows the lane with magnet-like precision. The glare-free main beam is a further benefit of the new headlights; this continuous main beam can be left switched on outside built-up areas because the interactive LEDs make sure that the masking area for oncoming traffic and vehicles driving in front is more precise than ever before. Together with the LED tail light clusters the driver can also configure three differently animated Coming and Leaving Home lighting effects.
High-tech details. The three modules in each headlight all perform their own tasks. A bi-matrix module is located on the outside with 16 LED pixels for the surround lighting and additional main beam. The actual HD matrix module is located in the middle with 19,200 individually controllable LEDs that permit various new light functions to be realised. Located on the inside is a reflector for the static and dynamic cornering light functions and the poor weather light. All three modules generate one light point each; together with the three L-shaped LED elements for the daytime running light and the horizontal LED strip in the radiator grille that extends to under the headlights, this results in a unique light design. Also, especially in combination with the Night Vision assist system – which detects people and animals by a thermal imaging camera and shows them in the digital instruments (Digital Cockpit) and corresponding warning signals in the optional head-up display – the HD matrix lighting of the Touareg is one of the best lighting and night vision systems in the world. The Night Vision system also includes a marker light that briefly illuminates people in the potential danger area with a particularly bright light to make them even more visible to the driver. The combination of IQ.Light HD matrix headlights and Night Vision can help in earlier recognition and mitigation of dangerous situations.