BMW announces laser headlights will be available this fall on the i8

BMW Laser Light technology
BMW Laser Light technology

i8 will be the first production model ever with laser headlights

BMW has announced the i8 will be the world's first production model to be offered with laser headlights.

It was 2011 when BMW introduced the Vision Connected Drive concept which had laser headlights and now the Bavarian marque is ready to offer this new technology on a production model. Starting this fall, the BMW i8 will be the first production car in the world which will be available with optional laser headlights featuring the BMW Laser Light technology.

Compared to the standard LED headlights of the i8, the laser headlamps will be about 30 percent more energy efficient while illuminating the road up ahead a lot better than LED-based headlights. BMW says the illumination range is doubled compared to a LED high beam, resulting in a range of up to 600 meters. Drivers won't have to worry about dazzling incoming traffic since the laser diodes will work together with a camera-guided high-beam assistant.

Aside from consuming less energy and being more powerful, the laser diodes are ten times smaller than regular ones which means they are not only lighter but they also require less installation space.

After their introduction in the i8, laser headlights will later on be optionally offered on other BMW models.

Additional details can be found in the attached press release.

Source: BMW

From the autumn of 2014, BMW will be the first manufacturer worldwide to offer a production vehicle equipped with headlamps featuring a completely new laser light concept. With this laser light technology, which was first presented at the 2011 Frankfurt International Motor Show, the BMW i8 (fuel consumption combined: 2.1-0.0 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 49–0 g/km) is not only making automotive history as a plug-in hybrid sports car, but also as the first production vehicle to incorporate the totally new laser light technology. Whilst the basic version of the BMW i8 is equipped with high-intensity, energy-efficient full LED headlamps, the optional laser boost feature additionally ensures a high beam range of up to 600 metres. This means that the already high illumination range of the modern LED high beam is doubled. Thanks to the new laser technology, it is possible to increase energy efficiency by a further 30 percent compared to already highly power-saving LED light. 

A highly intensive and efficient form of light.

In addition to lowering power requirement, BMW Laser Light illuminates the road ahead with a significantly higher light intensity without heating up the surrounding area. Laser diodes are ten times smaller than conventional light diodes. They help to save not only available installation space inside the headlamp, but also weight. The size of the reflector surface can be reduced by a factor of up to ten vs. LED light. The height of the reflector has now been reduced from the previous 9 cm to less than 3 cm. The light of a laser headlamp is extremely bright, similar to daylight, which is perceived by the human eye as pleasant. Several high-performance diodes emit a strongly bundled beam via special lenses onto a fluorescent phosphorus substance inside the headlamp. This substance transforms the beam into an exceptionally bright white light that is ten times more intensive than conventional light sources. Due to their highly intensive and virtually ideal beam properties, laser diodes render the overall system even more efficient. In conjunction with the camera-aided digital high-beam assistant, dazzling of oncoming traffic or vehicles ahead is reliably eliminated.

Better visibility and enhanced safety when driving at night.

With the sum of its properties, BMW Laser Light is the ideal light source for the main beam of a vehicle. It combines unparalleled performance and safety with a high level of efficiency and exceptional compactness. Its outstanding range facilitates improved illumination and even better visibility when driving in the dark. As a result, it ensures a more relaxed and comfortable driving experience and enhanced road safety.

The BMW i8 is the world’s first production vehicle to feature this innovative light technology. During the years ahead, further BMW models will be equipped with this future-oriented laser light system.


The BMW i8 is the future of the sports car, laser light the future of automotive light technology. And the same applies to both: High performance coupled with a high level of efficiency.

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Kid_Voltron Kid_Voltron
I thought LED stood for Light Emitting Diodes....now the laser according to this technology is emitted by a diode, and by virtue of laser being light, this is nothing more than a fancy way of saying LED v2 ...but they will charge more and the word laser has more marketable ring to it over LED.
Feb 11th, 2014 10:29am
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ScottCampbell ScottCampbell
Headlights are important at higher speeds. It is very easy to overdrive your headlights even above 50 mph. More response time can save lives. Even the LED tail lights save lives as they illuminate faster so at higher speeds you are able to respond faster.
Feb 10th, 2014 8:55pm
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Meilen Meilen
All this story between BMW/Audi just for headlights .... If there is something that I don't care in a car is the headlights ...
Feb 10th, 2014 6:42pm
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dieterm dieterm
That mean Laser headlights are no available also in USA version of the i8
Feb 10th, 2014 4:49pm
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mohamds mohamds
Bmw the win!
Feb 10th, 2014 3:27pm
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Bozzor Bozzor
Audi will be PISSED! http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/news/auto-blog/ces-2014-audi-will-bring-laser-headlights-to-production-vehicles-16359711
Feb 10th, 2014 1:43pm
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