We've got good news for you if you've found your life suspiciously lacking in lasers. BMW plans to unveil new lighting technology within the next two to three years that uses highly focused beams of light to illuminate a dark road, according to Inside Line. The news comes courtesy of Hanafi Abdul, an optical systems designer for BMW, who said that a system using a photonic process to create white light is currently ready for production and awaiting the correct application.

A version of the technology has already bowed on the i8 Concept, thought Abdul said that the laser lighting system could arrive in dealerships before the production i8 heads to market in 2013.

The process uses Gallium Nitride to create blue light, which is then converted to white light with the help of a phosphor disc. So, why go laser? BMW claims that the system is 1,000 times brighter and 100 times smaller than traditional LED lighting while being twice as efficient. The system is said to have an average life span of around 10,000 hours.


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      ilikedags
      • 3 Years Ago
      pew, pew, pew.
      Shane
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does that mean the Z4 will be a shark with laser beams on it's head?
      VVhistler
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or do the current BMW headlight lenses produce some kind of odd purple flash at a certain angle? Every time a newer BMW changes lanes behind me I get this irritating flash in the corner of my eye.
        sweeneyp
        • 3 Years Ago
        @VVhistler
        Its the color flicker at the edge of the cutoff. The HID projectors, when they have clear lense, sometimes have a blue/purple thin band of color along the cutoff. So when the BMW hits a bump and has the headlights pitch up into the air, you get that color flicker in your eyes as the cutoff rises then goes back down.
          sweeneyp
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sweeneyp
          look at this pic, its what I mean. http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/4541/a4dotds28cp.jpg
        Joshua Bolden
        • 3 Years Ago
        @VVhistler
        I get that same experience from the newer Bimmers and I believe it happens because the trademark "corona rings" are now made from LED sources, opposed to the incadescent sources of past BMW's
        • 3 Years Ago
        @VVhistler
        [blocked]
        Hampton
        • 3 Years Ago
        @VVhistler
        It's not You.Isn't that a relief! I've seen it too.I've also seen Sasquatch (just kidding).
          VVhistler
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hampton
          Whew! Now I just need to get the miniature talking giraffe in the passenger seat to shut the hell up.
      jtav2002
      • 3 Years Ago
      Remember when HID's were cool? "Oh, you only have HID's on your car? I've got lasers."
      Fixitfixitstop
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice, but I would really like more BMW drivers to just use their turn signals once in a while. It's rare that I see it.
      TangoR34
      • 3 Years Ago
      So... a headlight that will slice open everything it shines on.
      junkyard9
      • 3 Years Ago
      Deja Vu! http://www.autoblog.com/2011/09/02/bmw-working-on-frickin-laser-beams-for-headlights/
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      As if people need lights that are even more blinding than the ones currently offered.
        Cory Stansbury
        • 3 Years Ago
        @WillieD
        If they are lasers, they can be highly directional and may appear dimmer to oncoming drivers while making the road look like an B-61 thermonuclear bomb lit off 100 feet overhead.
        action3500
        • 3 Years Ago
        @WillieD
        There is still no requirement in USA to have headlight washers on HID lights. I don't even want to go into whole ricer with HID light issue, that issue has reached epidemic proportions in my opinion and no one is doing anything about it. And yes, without proper standards I doubt we'll see laser light in USA any time soon, even smallest dirt on headlight will create lots of scattered and concentrated lights.
          Christopher Burns
          • 3 Years Ago
          @action3500
          HID (xenon) retrofitting can be done safely. With clear lens and a xenon projector. So not all retrofitted vehicles are bad. Now if you are using a $50.00 HID kit in a factory halogen housing or even worse fogged housings then that's another story. Now some non-projector housings (aftermarket) have a clear lens with decent light cutoff and can be used with HIDs but it most be aimed properly. I do HID retrofitting and always do it properly. But too many companies are just in it for a quick buck and don't care who they blind. P.S. Your best light output is at 4300k. Lumens go down from there and I will not do anything above a 6000k.
          action3500
          • 3 Years Ago
          @action3500
          @ EvilTollMan So you're basically saying that cops are so dumb they assume it's "normal" for them to be blinded by some HID lights and not by others? I think they all know it's a kit, but since there's no law to combat it, no one is doing sh*t. Heck, half undercover cop cars I see use those kits as well. In all civilized countries (and even no so civilized) authorities realized that kits pose major threat to drivers and passed very strict laws to fight it.
          EvilTollMan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @action3500
          They're not dumb, they probably just don't realize it's a kit. I have heard people say that those 'blue' lights are bright and blinding even if it is coming from an $80,000 Mercedes S-Class. I just think that there needs to be more enforcing of those kinds of HID kits. Also, I'm pretty sure that there is some kind of law against the improper setup of headlights...DOT standards maybe?
      Michael Walsh
      • 3 Years Ago
      "All I want is BMWs with frickin' laser beams attached to their headlamps!"
      diffrunt
      • 3 Years Ago
      it used to be against the law to blind oncoming drivers
        Greg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @diffrunt
        This really makes you wonder how these new headlight technologies are going to be safe AND an improvement at the same time. When Xenon headlight technology was first introduced people complained about the blinding of oncoming drivers. Now what are they going to do next?
      Hampton
      • 3 Years Ago
      Set for Stun! I'm waiting for photon torpedoes until I buy my BMW.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hampton
        [blocked]
      z28ssx
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just what I need shining at me from the other lane.
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