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BMW Working On Laser Headlamps

samzenpus posted about 3 years ago | from the hot-high-beams dept.

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MrSeb writes "LED headlamps are only just trickling onto the market — mostly on high-end cars — but now it seems a certain German automaker has plans for laser headlamps. 'Laser light is the next logical step in car light development ... for series production within a few years in the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid,' says BMW. Lasers have the potential to be simultaneously more powerful, more efficient, and smaller than other headlamp types. Before you get too excited, though: the output of laser headlights will be modulated for safety."

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Ah wonderful (5, Insightful)

Osgeld (1900440) | about 3 years ago | (#37317086)

Its not like the HID lamps fucking blind you enough as it is, we need LASERS! so we can be blinded up to 2 miles away

Re:Ah wonderful (1)

Scutter (18425) | about 3 years ago | (#37317116)

So, you didn't even read the summary, much less the article?

Re:Ah wonderful (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317170)

OK, how difficult is it to "unmodulate" the lasers? Inquiring minds want to know.

Re:Ah wonderful (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | about 3 years ago | (#37317364)

bypass the 2 solder points

Re:Ah wonderful (1)

sentientbeing (688713) | about 3 years ago | (#37317760)

By blinking your eyes.

Do not look into laser headlight with remaining eye.

Re:Ah wonderful (3, Insightful)

barlevg (2111272) | about 3 years ago | (#37317176)

They can say all they like that they'll be "modulated for safety," but the truth is that THIS GENERATION of LED headlights are too bright. My car is low to the ground, and I don't have the best of night vision, so on more than a few many a dark, rainy nights, I've been nearly blinded by the LED headlights of the SUV behind me to the point that it took several such incidents for me to realize these assholes didn't just have their high-beams on.

Re:Ah wonderful (2)

nschubach (922175) | about 3 years ago | (#37317260)

LED or Xenon?

Re:Ah wonderful (1)

Skal Tura (595728) | about 3 years ago | (#37317398)

yeah i've had that problem too. my ride was so damn low (~125cm from ground to highest spot) and big rear window (coupe model) that i ended up turning my rear view mirror towards roof on many occasions.

Re:Ah wonderful (0)

Osgeld (1900440) | about 3 years ago | (#37317178)

um yea I did, so they are modulating the lasers so it wont burn your retina, great, but you can still be blinded temporarly when its pitch dark out and some cockgobbler in their bmw SUV is behind you with 120,000 candlepower beaming in your rear view mirror.

you would know this if you ever left the basement.

Re:Ah wonderful (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317316)

+1, I lol'd. would read again. insightful. "wah wah, you didn't even read the article!" yeah how about getting on a road once in a while, and telling me the dangerous-as-farking-hell lights already out there don't demonstrate pretty well why putting laser beams on the sharks heads are a pretty bad idea.

Re:Ah wonderful (1)

realcoolguy425 (587426) | about 3 years ago | (#37317816)

The BMW Shark - 'with lasers' would market very well I thinks.

Re:Ah wonderful (2)

jandrese (485) | about 3 years ago | (#37317216)

Those HID headlamps are "modulated for safety" too, and that doesn't stop them from blinding every oncoming motorist the instant they're knocked even slightly out of alignment or those crazy cases where people drive on roads that aren't perfectly straight and level.

I especially can't wait for the knockoff aftermarket replacement versions that don't even pretend to care about the safety of the other drivers.

Re:Ah wonderful (2)

Osgeld (1900440) | about 3 years ago | (#37317292)

yea really, unmodulated HID lights can be bought at any hot rod shop, in microprint on the back it says "not for stree use"

Re:Ah wonderful (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317332)

So, you've never driven a car at night?

Re:Ah wonderful (3, Informative)

mcvos (645701) | about 3 years ago | (#37317306)

Its not like the HID lamps fucking blind you enough as it is, we need LASERS! so we can be blinded up to 2 miles away

My thoughts exactly. Biking in the dark and rain, oncoming headlines make it impossible to see anything other than painful light surrounded by a lot of dark. I'd like to see headlamps toned down a bit.

Re:Ah wonderful (1)

Joce640k (829181) | about 3 years ago | (#37317598)

I'd like to see headlamps toned down a bit.

Reflective road signs, too.

Around here they're so reflective and so frequent that they might as well flash spotlights in your face while you're driving.

While you're at it, make it legal shoot assholes who come up behind, move out to overtake, put their indicator on when they get to the driver's window then slowly drift back into your lane two feet in front of you to make sure you see it properly in all it's daytime-brightness glory. On dual lane roads with nobody else around....

[mutters something about lawns]

Re:Ah wonderful (1)

Splab (574204) | about 3 years ago | (#37317474)

Don't look into oncoming trafic with remaining eye...

I'm not too worried about the BMW version, they are not the xeon lights blinding you - I'm worried about the cheap knock offs bound to hit the shelves and be put into some youths car with absolutely no safety.

Re:Ah wonderful (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | about 3 years ago | (#37317592)

I disagree, BMW lights are obnoxiously bright, not nearly as bright as the vin desil wanna's but still retarded

Re:Ah wonderful (2)

realityimpaired (1668397) | about 3 years ago | (#37317908)

My first thought was more along the lines of "what kind of idiot thought a laser would make a good flood lamp?"

You don't need a point of light in your car headlights, you need a flood lamp that illuminates a large area. Either they're putting the mother of all lasers on their car, or they're running it through a light diffuser which would rather defeat the purpose of it being a laser. Or maybe it's not actually a laser, and this is just marketing drivel.

Yeah thanks..... (2)

jhoegl (638955) | about 3 years ago | (#37317090)

Even my local news reported this before ./

And as they stated, the LEDs are bright enough.. WTF we need lasers?

Re:Yeah thanks..... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317156)

Because they are more efficient for the same brightness levels, which is especially important for electric cars, since they'll be less of a drain on the batteries.

Re:Yeah thanks..... (4, Informative)

Solandri (704621) | about 3 years ago | (#37317672)

Because they are more efficient for the same brightness levels, which is especially important for electric cars, since they'll be less of a drain on the batteries.

The typical sedan needs about 20-25 hp to maintain highway speeds. That's 15-19 kW. Car headlights are about 50 Watts each. If as a post above says, laser headlights represent a 70% improvement in efficiency, that means you could replace 100 Watts of headlights with about 60 Watts of laser headlights - a 40 Watt savings.

40 Watts is 0.2%-0.3% of 15-19 kW. If you take the Nissan Leaf which has a nominal 70 mile range at highway speeds, saving 40 Watts will get you about 800-100 feet (240-300 meters) in additional range on a full charge compared to regular halogen headlights. So they represent a trivial amount of energy savings which nobody is going to notice, even on an EV.

That said, BMW is a luxury brand (in the U.S.). So they'll probably be able to sell enough of these to rich people (early adopters) to justify the R&D costs, and it'll help improve the state of the art for everyone. But don't make the mistake of thinking that this will result in any significant energy savings for EVs.

White and monochromatic? (2)

wgoodman (1109297) | about 3 years ago | (#37318016)

I'm just curious how they are making white lights? "...laser lighting is monochromatic, which means that the light waves all have the same length." followed by "...resulting light is very bright and white"

The bigger news is that they've found a single wavelength of light that is white!

Re:White and monochromatic? (2)

jbengt (874751) | about 3 years ago | (#37318284)

As it says in TFAs, they are shining the lasers onto phospors to create white light. So, in spite of the hype, no laser pinpoint straight lines, no monochromatic, locked-in-phase laser light in the eyes, just another headlight that's too bright.

Re:Yeah thanks..... (3, Insightful)

Fnord666 (889225) | about 3 years ago | (#37317168)

And as they stated, the LEDs are bright enough.. WTF we need lasers?

Among other things, laser light is a lot more energy efficient. According to the article, BMW is getting 170 lumens per watt as compared to 100 lumens per watt for LED lights.

Re:Yeah thanks..... (1)

Baloroth (2370816) | about 3 years ago | (#37317556)

Also, as coherent light they can be focused better (much much better) than normal beams. Actually the problem will be making them unfocused enough to see the whole road.

Re:Yeah thanks..... (1)

Attila the Bun (952109) | about 3 years ago | (#37317582)

According to the article, BMW is getting 170 lumens per watt as compared to 100 lumens per watt for LED lights.

Ahhh, it's a money-saving measure. Of course.

Re:Yeah thanks..... (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | about 3 years ago | (#37317738)

What else would it be? We already have headlights. They already work.

Saving the driver money in fuel costs doesn't seem such a bad thing.

Though of course you know there's an idiot somewhere planning to put ten of them on their car and run them at twice the old power level in order blind some drivers.

Re:Yeah thanks..... (2)

canajin56 (660655) | about 3 years ago | (#37317826)

This change will probably save you about a dime for every $100 you spend on fuel. Assuming you only drive at night, of course.

Re:Yeah thanks..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317692)

Also, freaking lasers!

Re:Yeah thanks..... (1)

0123456 (636235) | about 3 years ago | (#37317694)

Among other things, laser light is a lot more energy efficient. According to the article, BMW is getting 170 lumens per watt as compared to 100 lumens per watt for LED lights.

I'm sure a 40% reduction in power usage for the headlights is really important when I only have a 200kW engine to power them.

Re:Yeah thanks..... (2)

nschubach (922175) | about 3 years ago | (#37317182)

I certainly hope so. dotslash.com looks to be some kind of East Asian search engine and dotslash.org is a parked domain.

Electric cars (1)

Quila (201335) | about 3 years ago | (#37317630)

Every Watt of power drawn by the car's accessories is very important. Look for many more efficient accessories to come on the market.

Almost Obligatory... (2, Funny)

Jawnn (445279) | about 3 years ago | (#37317096)

OK. Fine, but will the sharks be able to operate the headlight switch?

Re:Almost Obligatory... (2)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about 3 years ago | (#37317194)

Jumped the shark with lasers...

Car Analogy + Lasers + Sharks (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317220)

Put them on the Hyundai Tiburon.

Re:Car Analogy + Lasers + Sharks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317534)

Or a Corvette Stingray...

why lasers? (1)

Iamthecheese (1264298) | about 3 years ago | (#37317100)

Laser light has significant disadvantages compared to the other kind. (what's the word for non-laser?) It may be less efficient to just spread several shades of light everywhere but it's kind of necessary to see everything.

Re:why lasers? (3, Interesting)

barlevg (2111272) | about 3 years ago | (#37317188)

(what's the word for non-laser?)

incoherent?

Re:why lasers? (1)

GodInHell (258915) | about 3 years ago | (#37317424)

what's the word for non-laser?)

"Light"

A "laser" is a device that emits light. The product of that device is light, or a "laser beam" -- the process of lasing just (big simplification) gets all the light going in the same direction at the same frequency. That results in a brighter / stronger beam of light, rather than allow the light to do what it is naturally inclined to do -- fly off in every direction.

Today I can see no reason why I would rather have a laser light than ... say.. LED or Xenon (which are both pretty damn bright) . . . other than "lasers are neat."

-GiH

Re:why lasers? (1)

nschubach (922175) | about 3 years ago | (#37317516)

If you could focus the laser on objects in front of you, it might be kind of neat/beneficial. Something like a night vision camera that identifies objects in the distance and the laser fill is drawn on that object to accentuate it.

Re:why lasers? (1)

Aqualung812 (959532) | about 3 years ago | (#37317848)

Today I can see no reason why I would rather have a laser light than ... say.. LED or Xenon (which are both pretty damn bright) . . . other than "lasers are neat."

Exactly. Let's take light, bounce it back and forth so every photon is going the same direction, then put it through a headlamp that is designed to diffuse it. Seems much simpler to take the light that was already going in every direction, put some mirrors on the sides that you don't need, and done.

Re:why lasers? (3, Interesting)

otis wildflower (4889) | about 3 years ago | (#37317208)

incoherent light?

IMO I'd rather see laser 'sparkplugs' first, I know Ford is working on them..

Re:why lasers? (1)

tophermeyer (1573841) | about 3 years ago | (#37317342)

Is there a significant power savings there? Lasers seem like an overly complicated replacement for spark plugs, especially considering the inevitable degradation of the sparky end. Or are they part of a totally different engine design?

I am intrigued.

Re:why lasers? (4, Informative)

jittles (1613415) | about 3 years ago | (#37317462)

The laser plugs aren't to save electricity. The laser burns so hot that you get a much better "spark" if you will. In other words, more complete combustion and therefore more power, less gas fumes in exhaust, and (I am no expert but I imagine) less CO as well.

Re:why lasers? (1)

rfuilrez (1213562) | about 3 years ago | (#37317742)

In addition to what jittles said, you can time the firing of a laser a lot more precisely than you can a spark. And, you can do things like multiple bursts (aka sparks) for a more complete combustion cycle a lot more efficiently.

Re:why lasers? (1)

cellocgw (617879) | about 3 years ago | (#37317570)

incoherent light?

this is exactly the problem with a laser beam. Not having read TFA, I dunno whether the summary's "modulation" means a coherence-spoiler, but if it doesn't, the laser beam is going to be a lousy illuminator.
Ooops, also not mentioned in summary: if , like current so-called white LEDs, this new headlamp uses a laser to stimulate a high-efficiency white phosphor, then we can all stop worrying: the emitted light will be incoherent.

Re:why lasers? (1)

dAzED1 (33635) | about 3 years ago | (#37317212)

yeah, was curious about this...lasers are a very specific frequency, yeah? A blue laser won't let a red sign look red, for instance. Also, there's the fact that we WANT the light to be diffused. Headlights should fade out in a couple hundred yards, not be blinding people from 10 miles away. LED lights are already enough of a problem (as others have said).

Re:why lasers? (2, Informative)

Megane (129182) | about 3 years ago | (#37317324)

Headlights should fade out in a couple hundred yards, not be blinding people from 10 miles away.

That's called "collimation", which is not an inherent property of laser light, just a typically desirable one. Laser light is monochromatic (one frequency) and coherent (all waves in the same phase). Collimation is the focusing into a narrow beam. Some laser types are inherently collimated, some aren't.

Re:why lasers? (2)

vlm (69642) | about 3 years ago | (#37317502)

That's called "collimation", which is not an inherent property of laser light, just a typically desirable one. Laser light is monochromatic (one frequency) and coherent (all waves in the same phase). Collimation is the focusing into a narrow beam. Some laser types are inherently collimated, some aren't.

Those properties also make lasers idea for projecting holograms.

I assume the same crowd that considers "naked lady outline" truck mudflaps to be tasteful and classy, will soon have ladies with "high beams" when the brights are turned on.

Re:why lasers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317496)

FTA - "The blue laser beam is also converted by a fluorescent phosphor material into a pure white light"

Re:why lasers? (1)

michelcolman (1208008) | about 3 years ago | (#37317678)

Yes, I thought it was pretty funny how they first said that laser light is monochromatic, and then a bit further they're saying how nicely white the light from these new headlights is. Something tells me that the author of the article does not know what "monochromatic" means. True, if I read it again, it does talk about the conversion, but the way the article is written does give me the suspicion that the author does not know what "monochromatic" means. Otherwise he might have added a few words here and there to explain the difference.

Re:why lasers? (1)

poity (465672) | about 3 years ago | (#37317230)

Because it ain't a "luxury" car if it drives on the same tech the plebes drives on.

Re:why lasers? (1)

rdpratt (1854096) | about 3 years ago | (#37317346)

Non-gaussian? That's my guess at least. The point spread function of a point source, like a laser, is distinct from that of any other. This is a good question though, maybe non-laser is the best answer :D

Re:why lasers? (1)

Fnord666 (889225) | about 3 years ago | (#37317356)

Laser light has significant disadvantages compared to the other kind. (what's the word for non-laser?) It may be less efficient to just spread several shades of light everywhere but it's kind of necessary to see everything.

They won't be using the laser light directly. It will be passed through a secondary material to convert it into white light.

Laser headlamps would be safe, BMW says, because the illumination leaving the headlamp is indirect. The blue laser beam is also converted by a fluorescent phosphor material into a pure white light - "pleasant to the eye," BMW says...

The article did not indicate what that might do to the collimation though.

Re:why lasers? (1)

realityimpaired (1668397) | about 3 years ago | (#37317970)

A laser that doesn't produce a coherent beam of light is called a light-emitting diode....

Re:why lasers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37318248)

The A in LASER stands for Amplification, so non-laser light would be unamplified light.

Great, NOW Can I... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317102)

...get them fitted to the heads of my friggin' sharks?

Re:Great, NOW Can I... (1)

bughunter (10093) | about 3 years ago | (#37317358)

Only if BMW names one of their vehicles "Shark."

On that note, a BMW 550i GT "Shark" would be pretty frickin' cool. Make mine Gray with P-40 "Flying Tiger" graphics...

sharks are optional (4, Funny)

roman_mir (125474) | about 3 years ago | (#37317104)

Beamers always looked nice, now with the optional tiny sharks inside the headlamps they'll be simply irresistible.

What would PETA say?

Re:sharks are optional (5, Funny)

nschubach (922175) | about 3 years ago | (#37317200)

Lasers give new meaning to "Beamer".

Let's get this straight. (2)

smcdow (114828) | about 3 years ago | (#37318260)

When referring to a vehicle manufactured by BMW, the following rules should be used:

2 wheels: "Beamer"
4 wheels: "Bimmer"

ROFL (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317122)

Warning: Do not look into BMW with remaining eye.

No Mr Bond, I expect you to die. (1)

Thud457 (234763) | about 3 years ago | (#37317432)

I guess Jimmy's going back to driving BMW now...

WHY WAIT? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317144)

I Am Going to Put a Laser on My Car Right Now. My Pet Shark is Next!

obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317154)

Do not look into headlights with remaining eye.

Excellent (1)

0123456 (636235) | about 3 years ago | (#37317184)

Next time a moose runs out in the road in front of us we'll just have to switch to high beams and it will be a cloud of moose vapor.

Though cleaning the car afterwards might be gross.

Re:Excellent (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317228)

That's only true if you use photon torpedoes. If the "laser"vaporized the moose, there's nothing to clean.

Re:Excellent (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317484)

What about moose vapor condensation? If you drive through the cloud, you're bound to get some on you.

Re:Excellent (1)

0123456 (636235) | about 3 years ago | (#37317724)

Depends on how long it takes to condense; perhaps we should apply for a research grant.

Re:Excellent (1)

Mindcontrolled (1388007) | about 3 years ago | (#37317244)

Moose-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization? Sorry, one for the biochem geeks...

Re:Excellent (3, Funny)

badbart (929284) | about 3 years ago | (#37317564)

Forever more I will be stuck with the image of Bullwinkle in a lab coat, saying "watch me pull a spectrum out of a hat!"

Re:Excellent (1)

Mindcontrolled (1388007) | about 3 years ago | (#37317612)

My work is done here.

Re:Excellent (1)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | about 3 years ago | (#37318252)

You need to get out more.

Re:Excellent (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317538)

That would be great. A moose once bit my sister...

Re:Excellent (1)

jittles (1613415) | about 3 years ago | (#37317576)

You don't want to be starting an arms race with the moose population. You thought sharks with laser beams were bad? Just wait until the moose get their hands on some real lasers!

My eyes! Zee goggles, they do nothing! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317254)

--Radio Active Man and Fallout Boy

Great idea! (1)

Beelzebud (1361137) | about 3 years ago | (#37317276)

Now when it comes time to replace a head light, it will become a major spending decision!

Lasers are not necessarily expensive (1)

drnb (2434720) | about 3 years ago | (#37317490)

Now when it comes time to replace a head light, it will become a major spending decision!

Lasers are not necessarily expensive. Look at, figuratively since we are discussing lasers :-), CD/DVD players, laser pointers, etc.

Re:Lasers are not necessarily expensive (1)

Beelzebud (1361137) | about 3 years ago | (#37317580)

Yeah I know, but something tells me these won't be cheap.

Re:Lasers are not necessarily expensive (1)

drnb (2434720) | about 3 years ago | (#37317948)

Yeah I know, but something tells me these won't be cheap.

Well that's due to the BMW logo on the box. Whether its halogen, LED or laser in the box doesn't matter that much.

Re:Great idea! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317884)

It already is.

Yeah, fine (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317310)

While they're there, can they fix the windscreen so that the vehicle in front actually looks like it's the fag-paper away that it actually is while some of these cocks are driving them?

Odd bloody thing, but the captcha is "eyeball". Perhaps it knows something...

Sales Point: Pink Floyd (2)

gregg (42218) | about 3 years ago | (#37317348)

The only car where the Pink Floyd music library is included as a feature; complete with laser light show.

Are lasers really more efficient? (1)

drnb (2434720) | about 3 years ago | (#37317426)

I love lasers, but are lasers really more efficient in this particular application? The laser was stated to be 70% more efficient than the LED. However the laser light is not used directly. How much of that efficiency is lost as the light is converted in something "suitable for road traffic" and also something "pleasant"? Perhaps the real advantages lie in the design (more compact) and in the marketing.

Comments practically write themselves on this one (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317458)

LASERs will be modulated for safety? No one ever customizes/hacks their means of locomotion do they? Can the modulation be used for data (combo higway/optical link)? How long until we see lightshows at old drive in theaters?

next logical step (2)

Krau Ming (1620473) | about 3 years ago | (#37317460)

why the hell are lasers for headlights the next logical step? i think everyone agrees that headlights all do their job adequately given the limitation of not being allowed to completely blind oncoming traffic. the next LOGICAL step (assuming we are trying move in the direction of eliminating visibility issues/unknown elements from nighttime driving) should be to have some kind of sonar/radar device that can detect and relay a warning to the driver...maybe by having a terminator-esque translucent LED screen overlay on the windshield that would highlight things out of range of the regular headlights (eg: deer getting ready to pop out of the forest). if BMW customers are willing to pay for frickin' laser beams then surely they'd pay for this.

Re:next logical step (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317720)

An unlikely movie to cite for this perhaps, but what was shown in "Children of Men" would be nice to have.

Re:next logical step (1)

bar-agent (698856) | about 3 years ago | (#37318036)

the next LOGICAL step (assuming we are trying move in the direction of eliminating visibility issues/unknown elements from nighttime driving) should be to have some kind of sonar/radar device that can detect and relay a warning to the driver

Lasers could probably help with this...

I was about to say "unless they run the beam through a diffuser and whitener like they've said they'll do." But even if the beam is turned white and spread around, if it stays in-phase in at least one frequency, maybe they can still do something with it.

bad idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317470)

This is really stupid. The point of a laser is that is dumps a lot of power into a single spatial mode (it's spatially coherent). The illuminated scene then produced coherent backscatter which you see as lots of small interference patterns (aka speckle) imposed on the whole scene. This is not a good thing for your brain to process. You can try to make the laser light less coherent and in the process reduce te efficience. Might as well have stuck with the LED at that point.

zero CRI (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317542)

I'm all for efficient lighting, but when the color rendering index [wikimedia.org] (CRI) goes to zero, all the photon in the world won't allow you to see better.

Advantages? (1)

webdog314 (960286) | about 3 years ago | (#37317548)

About the only advantage I see in this is the possible efficiency (which doesn't really make sense unless the car is electric). I mean, bright is bright. Screw "modulated for safety". If the point is it's brighter, then it's brighter at both ends. This just means that when they come over a hill, they can blind you from a mile away. We don't even need high beams anymore.

Could they maybe tie this into a range finder or adaptive landscape mapping or something? I'd hate to see what their laser headlight would do to a puddle of water, or god forbid a fog or rainstorm. It would look like an IO tower from TRON was slicing apart pieces of the sky.

Illegal (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317550)

Unrestricted/uncontrolled Class IV lasers are illegal in the US... I can't wait for the class-action lawsuits.

Could give new meaning to the lyrics (1)

CosaNostra Pizza Inc (1299163) | about 3 years ago | (#37317752)

"blinded by science"

you in5Ensitive clod! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317772)

which 4llows

Vermin (1)

ThatsNotPudding (1045640) | about 3 years ago | (#37317788)

If they can tie the lights into a dection system for deer, that would be sweet; drop Bambi like a bad habit to prevent major-league crumplage.

Bet you 10-to-1 (1)

PortHaven (242123) | about 3 years ago | (#37317830)

This shows up on the next James Bond or MIssion Impossible flic.

Laser Headlights, with booster to turn them into weapons grade headlights.

The real reason for the laser lamps (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37317860)

is to blind the cops who use lasers to nail the speeding beamers!

geeks gotta get some (1)

ae1294 (1547521) | about 3 years ago | (#37317926)

"modulated for safety"

That sounds like it should be on a box of "star trek" brand condoms...

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