The BMW i8 hybrid to use laser headlights

Andrea Divirgilio / September 10, 2011

BMW i8 car using laser LED headlights

With modern day luxury vehicles, BMW has always been on the forefront to bring in new technology and designing breakthroughs in their vehicles. Whether its alternative fuel or security systems, including driver assistance technology to prevent car accidents, BMW has carried on a trend of innovation, which makes the brand a favorite amongst auto-lovers around the world. Laser lighting which was earlier found in pointers like the Sonar Series Blue, which actually be rechristened in the headlights of new BMW i8 model, which will make it the first of its kind to use this technology.

The new Laser based LED lights will be breakthroughs to watch out for, simply because of the efficiency of these lights. While the traditional LED lights in cars produce 100 lumens and piece, the laser lights will produce upwards of 170 lumens, making them much brighter than the existing set. The significant differentiating factor of these lights is the passing of each light beam through a florescent Phosphor material, changing the usual blue color of the beam to white, and reduction of any harmful side-effects it may have. Also, since each diode is only 1 micron thick, it could pose a challenge to create the perfect set of lights for the new car, which usually are an important part of the designing of each vehicle. As per company sources, they do not wish to reduce the overall surface size of these lights, but instead integrate them into the front frill in a such a way, that they can be hidden when not in use, but at the same time function just as well when put on in the dark. To control their intensity, they could also be computer controlled from within the vehicle, to form low beam or high beam patterns at will.

Prodding further, we have come to know that the technology is still being fine tuned and is a few years away from being implemented. Till then, for those of you interested in other futuristic concepts from BMW, please do take a look at their Concept C scooter which too has managed to vow a lot of us.

Via: Gizmag/ CNET/ BMW Blog

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