Published on June 11th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro1
Video: BMW i8 Deliveries Make History With Laser Headlights
Yes, laser headlights. If you need yet another reason to buy this $136,000 hybrid sports car besides the awesome sound or amazing MPG, it’s laser freakin’ headlights. Though used only for the high-beams, lasers have a number of distinct advantages over even LED headlights that make them the perfect fit for a car basically plucked from the future.
BMW claims the i8’s laser headlights can project 600 feet through the darkness, about double the range of LED headlights, and automatically dim when they detect an oncoming car. Most importantly, the laser headlights actually consume 30% less power than even the uber-efficient LEDs, leaving more power for performance.
As the first production car with laser headlights, BMW has beaten crosstown competitor Audi (which debuted its own Quattro Laserlight Concept) to market with this new tech, gaining for its hat another high-tech feather. Hopefully, laser light technology will trickle down into more affordable models, until one day we all wonder aloud how people ever lived with incandescent headlights.