The first simulations for the light signatures took place in 2016. Then Studeny and his team constructed the first prototypes. Initial simulations followed. The conversion work on the Touareg took about five months. Then the tail lights with three light signatures were installed on the brand’s large SUV. Operating them is easy; the driver can use a smartphone, the infotainment system in the cockpit or the knobs in the middle of the dashboard, where the driving mode is set.
Like the driving modes, the light signatures are also called “Normal,”, “Comfort” and “Offroad.”. Depending on the setting, different light chambers are activated in the tail light and together make up a lighting design. This results in three highly visible light signatures that really make a difference for night driving in a Touareg.
Studeny’s team is also responsible for another light innovation, Optical Park Assist. This light function helps with parallel parking in the dark. The driver shifts into reverse, sets the blinker, and the tail light then illuminates four red stripes on the pavement. They indicate how wide the Touareg is and the direction of movement. Other drivers or passers-by will thus be better able to see what’s happening during the parallel parking process. This light assistant also helps the driver, because the illuminated stripes are easy to see in the side mirror. “This provides better orientation and more safety for the person at the wheel,” notes Studeny, adding that “preliminary development of this parking assistant is already well underway. It will once again allow customers to experience an entirely new dimension of light.”