don't get me wrong, i definitely take your word for it!!I took the picture. I'm a lighting professional. I was there. They are LEDs. Sorry that the photo is so small and lo-fi. It somehow ended up out of focus.
jjski, they do not "dumb down" a car. And it has absolutely nothing to do with knowing how to operate your car. They make your car more visible to OTHER people in normal conditions. It is even on a moderately bright day, having day time running lights makes your car more visible to oncoming traffic.
This is perhaps the most trivial thread on this forum, many people have already posted the energy use is inconsequential, and even less if they use LEDs. People have also posted that it is a requirement to have them in certain places, since this car is supposed to be sold worldwide it needs them.
So why don't we all just deal with the fact that there will most likely be daytime running lights, and that is really isn't that big of a deal.