A look inside BMW’s upcoming laser lighting system

BMW i8 Laser Headlights Left

It seems like German automakers are always ahead of technology development. BMW optical systems designer, Hanafi Abdul, says that the next-generation of headlights will feature laser lighting technology. While the laser lighting technology is currently previewed on the i8, Abdul said that BMW could debut the system much earlier – the company just has to find the right applications for it.

What are the advantages of laser lighting? For one, laser lighting offers more range than the current LED lighting systems that have become quite popular. They are definitely brighter (1,000 times brighter) and much smaller (100 times smaller) than LED headlamps.

Of course one of the main and probably most important benefits is that laser lighting systems are twice as efficient as LED systems and can actually increase fuel-economy on a car.

– By: Omar Rana