Automakers Eye Laser Lights To Let Drivers See Farther At Night WNYC

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The i8, has the optional laser headlights, be on sale in Europe this BMW is working with the U.S. of Transportation to get it approved for a U.S. (BMW)

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If you thought LED headlights bright enough, automakers are ahead to even more beams using lasers.

BMW has producing laser headlights as an feature for its new plug-in i8 hybrid, is expected to go on sale in Europe summer. The lights are more and some researchers say laser technology is the next step in after LEDs.


There’s no word yet on a U.S. though the company is working the U.S. Department of Transportation to get the approved.

The headlights don’t shoot out lasers. A laser a fluorescent phosphorus substance the headlight to create a beam of bright white light is 10 times more intense conventional sources, while energy efficiency by 30 percent LEDs, BMW says. Letting see further at night makes it says Thomas Hausmann, of pre-development for lighting at BMW.

It makes night a little bit like day, he says.

Of brighter headlights may not be a good for an oncoming car, deer or animals crossing the road. points out the new headlights are controlled by a so if there’s a car coming, the lights rotate and dim so the other driver blinded. The car also has an infrared to warn the driver of humans or crossing the road.

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Like with LED headlights, BMW start introducing the laser in larger, more expensive and the technology will move to the cars over time, Thomas Plucinsky, manager of communications for BMW North America. also says the energy matter.

As we move towards electrified cars, any energy is being used to power a has to come from somewhere, says. It’s either from the fossil fuel you’re burning or it’s from the battery that carrying, like in an electric

Laser lights are the next evolution in lighting, says DenBaars. a professor and the co-director of the State Lighting and Energy at the University of California, Santa He explains that the lasers can be focused, so the technology could be in even street lights or

When you’re making a and you’re trying to point a on a screen, everybody uses a pointer. You can’t use a flash because it’s not a point source and the light’s diverging, says. [A laser light] a light exactly where you it. You could imagine a bridge or a lit with laser lighting.

DenBaars says it might five to 10 years before lights become widespread, some other companies already picked up on this Audi will debut a racer with laser in the U.K. in April, and it presented a concept car with laser earlier this year at the Electronics Show. LG has already selling a 100-inch laser TV , and is expected to launch a laser this year.

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