Judging from the latest car designs, headlamps and rear lamps have become important features which can attract potential car buyers.
Before Audi came out with their eye-catching LED headlamps, BMW models were already popular with their very attractive headlamps. Now, the competition to be leader in lighting designs has given us very attractive rearlamps too. Current Volkswagen models have their distinctive designs for their Passat, Golf, Polo and other models. Manufacturers of car accessories have got onto the bandwagon too. Some local Proton Waja cars are now fitted with rear lamps which copied a particular BMW 5 series model, while many car owners of other makes have added LED lights to their headlamps too, switched on even during the day.
"Audi built a better automotive lighting system, known as the matrix beam LED headlamps. Matrix LEDs promise better, more precise lighting for the driver, less blinding light to dazzle oncoming cars, and a kind of mid-beams for roads with only a little traffic. The Matrix lighting technology is ready to go on the 2013 Audi A8 big luxury sedan, but don’t hold your breath if you live in the US — when Audi asked the National Highway Transportation Administration for a ruling, the NHTSA demurred, unsure how to fit the square peg of a variable-output, matrix headlamp array into the round hole they call low and high beams."
"...BMW is even developing laser headlamps. No, not superheated beams arcing pinpricks of light and destruction designed to the zap VWs and Fiats that won’t get out of the passing lane (though we like the sentiment), but white lighting that can be precisely modulated and, unlike death rays, hardly uses any energy."
What if regulators aren’t as sharp as the industry they watch over?
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