The Audi E-tron Sportback’s LED headlights aren’t US-legal, but we got to test them anyway

Ashley Gleave, the exterior lighting designer for e-tron, is in the driver’s seat of our Sportback and explains how the Digital Matrix LED lights work.
“You have the source LED at the bottom that’s reflected onto a plate of micro-mirrors,” he says. “These micro mirrors are then adjusted with a magnetic field and projects images through lenses onto the street.”
Essentially each one of these mirrors (and there are a million of them) create tiny points of light that can be turned on, off or moved with such incredible precision they can instantly light certain sections of roadway or even create animations.