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Laser Headlights Promise More Intense, Controllable Beams

cartechboy (2660665) writes | about 7 months ago

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cartechboy (2660665) writes "If you're a fan of spy spoofs, you know the iconic line, "Fire the laser!" Yes, Austin Powers was a hoot, but now it's time to talk about real life. And soon, your new car's headlights will be powered by lasers. That's right, the BMW i8 is entering production and it's the first vehicle to offer laser headlights. These new laser headlights offer a handful of advantages over LED lighting, including greater lighting intensity, extending the beams' reach as far as 600 meters down the road (nearly double the range of LEDs). The beam pattern also can be controlled very precisely. Plus, laser lights consumer about 30 percent less energy than the already efficient LED lights. Audi is among the short list of other auto manufacturers to promise laser lights in the near future, but BMW is going to be the first to deliver on the new technology. But the coolest part of all this? When you turn on the i8's headlights, you'll be able to scream, "FIRE THE LASERS!""

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