Car has a mind of it's own

Hi,
I'm still trying to work out all the gizmos on my A3, and I swear this thing has a mind of it's own :)
There are two things I've noticed, and wondered if anyone had any input
on.
1. Automatic lights
The car has a light sensor system, which can switch the headlights on and off automatically depending on the prevailing light conditions. When I first tried this when I first got the car, it decided to put the lights on in broad daylight. Only strong sunlight would cause it to leave the lights off. This perplexed me somewhat. Obviously the car has to "play it safe", as it's far better to have lights on when you don't need them, than off when you do, but it seemed a bit overzealous.
I've now started using them again, and the system is far better, only switching the lights on when it's actually necessary.
What I'm wondering is what's changed? Has the system taken note of the ambient light levels when I've manually switched the lights on and off, and altered it's behaviour according? If so, I'm bloody impressed!
2. Wipers
Simpler one this. If I leave the wipers on (in any mode) when I leave the car, then when I return, they don't operate at all until I move the stalk to another setting. Is this behaviour by design?
Thanks for any opinions.
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Other than speculating that the ambient light sensor was dirty, can't comment on the first issue. I'd just be happy it sorted itself out ;-)
As for the second concern, someone in Audi's engineering department was using his head when they designed the wiper electronics.
In winter, with wipers freezing to the windshield, having them try to resume movement when turning the key can easily damage wiper arms, or actuator linkage. I had the linkage on my Pathfinder separate at one of the swivel joints from exactly the above scenario, because I had left the control in the intermittent position (my mistake).
I prefer the Audi's wiper behavior...
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Excellent point. Now if only they'd copy BMW and switch to intermittent when stationary..!
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Mine do! :)
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