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Author's Note: How the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept Works

It seems a little odd for an automaker to hang its hat on headlight design, but it's been working for Audi. The car company was the first to use LED headlights — in a sexy, cat-eye shape, no less — across much of its model lineup. And while the headlights on the laserlight concept may seem like overkill, when it comes to driving, being able to see hazards as early as possible is what keeps us safe, and what makes the laserlight's headlamps so revolutionary.

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