The Munich based automaker – BMW sees lasers as the next step after LED headlights.
“After LED technology, laser light is the next logical step in car light development,” the company said in a statement.
According to BMW, laser light not only offers energy – and therefore fuel – savings, but could also enable entirely new design possibilities and light functions on vehicles to improve safety.
The idea is that laser lighting can produce a near-parallel beam with an intensity a thousand times greater than that of conventional LEDs. Whereas LED lighting generates around 100 lumen per watt, laser lighting generates around 170 lumen.
The resulting light is very bright and white. It is also very pleasant to the eye and has a very low energy consumption.
The traditional dual-headlight configuration would also no longer be necessary, as a row of laser diodes could peek out from the front edge of the hood.
The laser headlights are expected to make their first appearance in the BMW concept vehicle, the BMW i8.