26 Dec '13, 4pm

BMW i8 and Audi R18 e-tron Racer Introduce Laser Headlights

BMW i8 and Audi R18 e-tron Racer Introduce Laser Headlights

Just as carmakers such as Mercedes-Benz and others are touting LED headlights as an improvement over HID, Audi and BMW have one-upped the game with a pure-light solution – lasers. Lasers offer as much as twice the visibility range of a conventional light with five-times the brightness of its previous technology, says BMW of the optional upgrade over the i8′s standard LED headlights. At the same time, the laser beam is controlled so as not to blind oncoming drivers or passersby – though no doubt staring into them is not recommended. The laser diodes are 100 times smaller than other light-emitting surfaces, and in short, these are some amazing headlights. Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 race car with laser headlights. Of its tech, Audi says it uses blue laser beam which backlights a yellow phosphorus crystal lens through which the light beam is then emitted. The mix of yellow a...

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