BMW BLOG Tests BMW i8 Laser Lights In The Real World – Video


BMW i8 Laser Lights On

BMW i8 Laser Lights On

BMW BLOG had the unique opportunity to experience the BMW i8’s laser light technology first hand during a recent test drive of BMW’s plug-in hybrid in the Los Angeles, California area.

Of the experience, BMW BLOG states:

“Compared to the standard LED lights, the optional laser lights ensures a high beam range of up to 600 meters. This means that the already high illumination range of the modern LED high beam is doubled. Thanks to the new laser technology, it is possible to increase energy efficiency by a further 30 percent compared to already highly power-saving LED light.”

“BMW Laser Light illuminates the road ahead with a significantly higher light intensity without heating up the surrounding area. Laser diodes are ten times smaller than conventional light diodes.”

Check out the video to see how the laser light technology performs in the real world.

Source: BMW BLOG

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10 Comments on "BMW BLOG Tests BMW i8 Laser Lights In The Real World – Video"

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Doesn’t look any different than HID’s.

is the laser light approved for US use? no doubt the laser is very bright, but it casts a higher ceiling than does the LED. i assume that the orientation of the LED is to avoid glare to oncoming drivers, but i have got to wonder what that laser light would do if an oncoming driver saw it head-on? and, no, do not say that it is not possible, because it definitely looks possible to me.

‘BMW said it has addressed any issues of “dazzling” oncoming traffic or vehicles with the laser lights with the aid of the camera-based, digital high-beam assistant. When the laser lights are activated, a digital high beam assistant identifies oncoming vehicles as well as those ahead and dips the light automatically as soon as there is a danger of “dazzling”.

“When the road is free again, the assistant automatically re-enables the high beam, thereby restoring the maximum range of visibility,” a BMW spokesperson wrote in an email reply to Computerworld.

“Sufficiently illuminated cyclists can also be identified by the camera system, at which time the high beam is deactivated. Animals and pedestrians, however, are not identified by the camera system.’

It was nice of them to highlight the difference between the LED headlamps and the laser ones. That makes theft that much easier!

Ok, the price tag means I’m not likely to buy an i8 anyway, but I don’t think I could handle the simulated engine acceleration noise. Is there a way to turn it off? If not, I think it would actually be a deal-breaker for me.

how can you tell from this video whether the sound is simulated or real?

I’ll be impressed AFTER they have Quantum Teleportation Headlights… The photons are constantly teleported to where you’re looking. Much better.

Can the lasers be modified to deliver a stun-setting? 😉

Only on animals and pedestrians.

i want a comparison between the led high beams and laser light+ led highbeem