Just a few thousandths of a millimeter in size, but an absolute innovation in vehicle lighting: Laser lights. They allow not only for new headlight designs, but also make street traffic safer.

Virtual methods, countless tests in our own laboratory, and a huge number of test drives were required before BMW installed the laser lighting system into its BMW i8 hybrid sports car. But all that work paid off: The new laser light makes traffic safer and makes driving more comfortable. With a high beam range of around 600 meters, laser emitting diodes improve visibility while driving at night. In addition, daylight high beams also appear more pleasant to the human eye.

Laser headlights allow us to achieve more active safety during night driving. In addition, we can optimally use the legally approved maximum lighting intensity for vehicle headlights, with additional good benefits in terms of efficiency and size.”

Gerald Böhm, head of pre-development ZKW Group

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Small size – high light intensity

Automotive manufacturers are always working to design more compact front headlights – without having to sacrifice lighting power. Laser lights offer the perfect solution: They are significantly smaller and more energy-saving than LED lights. At a size of just a few thousandths of a millimeter, laser lights create almost a beam of light current. In addition, they have a much higher light intensity than LEDs. “Laser headlights allow us to achieve more active safety during night driving. In addition, we can optimally use the legally approved maximum lighting intensity for vehicle headlights, with additional good benefits in terms of efficiency and size,” explains Gerald Böhm, head of pre-development ZKW Group.

Copyright: BMW Group


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