BMW i8 introduces Laser Based Headlight to the World

The i8 sports car
by BMW is definitely going to catch a lot of attention in the year 2014, being
ranked as the most astonishing cars to be introduced and is built out of the
latest in automobile technology. This 3-cylinder based turbocharged engine has
a 1.5 liter carrying capacity and its unique styling and part-electric
drivetrain. Apart from this, also uses laser headlights, which is first of its
kind as a production car.

BMW i8 Concept Car

The BMW i8 Concept has taken the automobile industry by surprise


The importance of
headlights in any car is so obvious that their existence is almost negligible.
Nevertheless, the growth in automobile technology like the safety aspect and
the built-in infotainment in cars have revolutionized their progress in the
last decade, much more than the progress in the earlier century.

The present-day
automakers are involved in using the LED technology that implements intense
‘white’ lights and beam patterns (adaptive). BMW headlights have moved one step forward with laser technology.


These lights
maintain the aesthetic sense partly while incorporating intrinsic designs and
essential laser units so tiny in shape that they create loads of space beneath
the hood.



The efficiency of
this auto part is also an important point of focus, especially as it uses
electric drivetrain. The energy drawn is extremely low as
extracts low power for propulsion
and lighting
through the battery.

Light and Beam Output:

However, the
biggest profit of this latest technological advancement is concerned with the
beam pattern and light output, according one of the leading magazines. It does
not imply that the laser technology based headlights will blind the other
approaching vehicles. On the contrary, the beam pattern used by these laser
lights make way for an improved adaptive light based technology.

Audi Attempt:

The 2011 Audi A2
introduced the electric car concept which displayed this type of lighting
technology in the Frankfurt Auto Show (the same year). In it, the car also
exhibited a projection of warning triangle on the road at the back of the car
with the help of laser light technology.

On-Road Advantages:

To measure the
on-road advantages include featuring precise beam patterns along with light
range of 600m, which is huge and double the length of the existing headlights.
The intensity of the light is high with monochromatic-laser emitted in a single
wavelength, instead of the entire color spectrum of normal light. Consequently,
the lights exhibit high efficiency and a distinct design which is ideal for
cars like the BMW i8 and the Audi R 18 e-tron quattro, a hybrid racing car that
runs on diesel.

The first brand
to use the LED headlights successfully was Audi at the Le Mans with night-time
retina searing vision. It will also be the first company to run a race team
with laser headlights. You may never know how the BMW i8 and its laser
technology will find a place at the Le Mans with highlighted aesthetics,
efficiency and vision.


Thus, this new
step in laser lights for vehicles will not only improve the way you drive on
the road but also marks how technology continues to integrate with our daily

Author’s Bio: Eva Jenny has been authoring articles on
the subject of automobiles. She regularly contributes articles on various
automobile related topics like the latest
BMW Headlights and the like.



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