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Old 09-06-2011, 01:28 PM   #1
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Default BMW tests '1,000 times brighter' laser headlights

BMW is experimenting with laser headlights. The automaker calls them "the next logical step" after LEDs and all the other advancements made in lights lately.Laser lights would have some huge advantages over current headlight technology and no, the biggest wouldn't be the ability to vaporize the guy coming at you when he won't turn down his high beams. In the real world, lasers produce virtually parallel light beams with an intensity that's about 1,000 greater than conventional LEDs, according to BMW. Lasers use less energy and save fuel.

The intensity of laser light poses no possible risks to humans, animals or wildlife when used in car lighting, BMW says reassuringly. The automaker says that's because the laser light is first converted for use in road traffic, a bright, white that "is very pleasant to the eye."

Maybe your eyes, but we're not sure about everyone else's. Did we mention laser headlights are 1,000 brighter than LEDs. Oh yeah. We did.
BMW is trying to stay out in front of lighting issues. That BMW 6 Series, shown above, has a feature called "Anti-dazzle High- Beam Assistant." It also has a feature with another odd name, "Dynamic Light Spot," aimed at making it easier to illuminate pedestrians before you're in danger of running them down.

Of course, if you had headlights that were 1,000 times brighter ...
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