BMW i8 Introduces Laser Headlights
Blazing the trail in automotive innovation, German-based automotive company, BMW will be the first in the industry to use laser-powered headlights for its newly introduced i8 model. The company made the announcement a couple months ago, but the buzz about this new tech feature continues to spread.
So how does a laser-powered headlight work? Well, according to technology writer, Akweli Parker, you aren’t actually staring at a laser when you gaze at these headlights. Don’t be too disappointed. Through a very complex scientific process of reflection through mirrors, white light is produced from the lasers. During BMW’s promotion of this new technology, the company outlined that it is a much safer option than classic LED headlights. As an automotive company that relies heavily on eco-friendly materials, BMW has done extensive research in advance on this new laser technology.
Beyond its eco-friendly advantage, laser-powered headlights easily cast light as far as 600 meters away. This is something no ordinary headlight without significant enhancements can do. This high-performing light source helps to guarantee the safety of passengers while driving on poorly-lit roadways at night.
Manager of exterior lighting development at BMW, Thomas Hausmann said that the laser-powered headlights operate at up to 344 lux in high beam mode in comparison to the regular LED lights which operate at up to 180 lux. But there is a concern that these pervasive light sources may hurt the eyes of other motorists on the road. The laser headlights on the BMW i8 work in tandem with a digital camera high beam assistant which automatically lowers the intensity of the light when another car is approaching.
The idea of laser-powered headlights is not solely BMW’s. According to drive.com, BMW partnered with German lighting specialist, Osram to make this option available in the sports car. With the addition of these new laser-powered headlights, anticipation for the new BMW i8 has gone through the roof. The company intends to gradually make this headlight option available in other models, in particular the upcoming sixth and seventh series.
According to drive.com, BMW already has a copycat. Audi, which also works closely with Osram, also mentioned its intention of introducing laser-powered headlights. But BMW has more to offer than just this new laser headlight technology. Visit Bill Jacobs BMW in Naperville, IL for a great selection of new and pr-owned vehicles. Our friendly staff is dedicated to helping customers have the best car buying experience.