FDA Holds Up BMW i8 Laser Light Approval In U.S.

JUL 10 2015 BY STAFF 7

Laser Lights Shine Seemingly Forever Into the Distance

Laser Lights Shine Seemingly Forever Into the Distance

A recent report on a BMW forum made a reference to the laser lights technology for the BMW i8 coming this Fall in the US. We reached out to BMW North America and learned that, as of now, the FDA has not approved the laser lights for the i8. FDA is the governing agency responsible to approve medical devices, a category where the lasers fall under in the US.

Laser Light technology is currently available in Europe for the new BMW i8 where it costs 9,500 euros. Earlier this year, BMW said the laser lights could be retrofitted after delivery if need be and a kit will be offered for U.S. customers, at an extra cost.

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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. The U.S. market will get a slightly modified version of the laser tech, twice stronger than regular headlights compared to three times as they are in Europe.

Furthermore, the laser lights in the U.S. for the i8 will not have the blue lights and they will automatically turn off for incoming cars.

A spokesperson for BMW North America said that the November date referenced by some other reports might be pushed back.

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7 Comments on "FDA Holds Up BMW i8 Laser Light Approval In U.S."

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Why have we not done polarized car lighting yet? Laser can have it too. By wearing the opposite polar glasswear, we can reduce the oncoming ‘blinding’ lights. It’s the twenty-first century, get with it!

If you were wearing glasses with the opposite polarization, then you wouldn’t see YOUR headlights either, right?

How backwards is that? The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is who will approve vehicle headlights? This should be the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and possibly the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) for RF interference testing.

FDA good look it will take 10 years to approve

I can definitely see the need for this in Germany with the higher speeds.

In the US, double is probably good enough to extend vision out to what is needed for our slower legal speeds to avoid over-driving your headlights.

The only people who think the majority of Germans are driving over 200 kph haven’t actually been to germany. Most people drive around 130-160.

The use of “laser” is so misleading these days…

It is almost no different than the traditional CFL or LED (current low cost version, NOT the direct emitting type)…

It is basically an UV laser hiting a phospher coated lense that end up generating white light.

Many of the commerical low cost LEDs are already doing that. (using UV band LEDs with phosphor coating on the LED lens)

CFL is basically similar in terms of use phosphor excitment to generate light with UV source…