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BMW sports car sparks laser light revolution

February 24, 2014 // Paul Buckley

BMW sports car sparks laser light revolution

Osram has been named as the system partner for the first production vehicle in the world equipped with a laser light. German automotive manufacturer BMW plans to put a laser-equipped BMW i8 car on the road by the second half of 2014.

The BMW i8 is claimed to be first plug-in hybrid sports car with the consumption and emission values of a compact car.

Osram has played a key role in the development of the laser light source which is being claimed as the next development step in automotive lighting because the laser light offers new design possibilities in addition to functional advantages.

In developing the laser light, Osram was able to combine many years of experience in the area of semiconductor technologies with the company's strength as a system supplier. The laser diodes are made by Osram subsidiary Osram Opto Semiconductors, while the design of the laser module is based on the know-how of
Osram's Special Lighting Division.

Laser lights aim to be the next stage in automotive lighting. The laser module installed in the BMW i8 claims to light up the road further than the previously known solutions and was co-developed by Osram.

With high luminance that is beyond that of any other light source available today, laser light-based headlights can be designed even smaller than before. At the same time, the high beams from the laser module provide the maximum range possible, giving drivers greater night time visibility.

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