Porsche has developed the next generation of lighting technology with its new high-resolution HD matrix technology. The core of the innovation developed in collaboration with partners is a chip that combines over 16,000 individually controllable micro-LEDs onto a surface area the size of a thumbnail. Two of these LED chips are used in each headlight, for a total of four per vehicle. As a result, the headlights with HD matrix technology provide a high-resolution light distribution that is up to twice as bright on a surface four times larger than previous top-tier systems.
The driver benefits from the highly flexible light that the new development makes possible thanks to extremely homogeneous illumination. In addition, there are innovative functions such as lane illumination, construction and narrow-lane lighting, and adaptive motorway high-beam lights. The high-performance high beam turns night into day at a distance of up to 600 meters. A new non-dazzling high beam function is used for oncoming vehicles: large areas to the right and left of the anti-dazzling gap become significantly brighter.
Despite the LED chips’ ultra-bright performance, the renowned carmaker claims that they are still energy-saving. The automaker’s spokesperson emphasizes that “they consume significantly less energy [than] other high-resolution systems, while the amount of light remains constant.” “Because the HD matrix headlights only activate the pixels that are needed at any given moment,” it is possible. As a result, despite its extremely bright performance, it does not sacrifice the energy required to power vehicles. Furthermore, Interesting Engineering reports that Porsche went above and beyond to make this technology a reality. To make it a reality, the automaker reportedly applied for up to 25 patents.