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BMW's new i8 is the first production car with laser headlights

Lucas Mearian | April 2, 2014
This fall, the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid will become the first production vehicle to incorporate a new laser light technology into headlights. Audi is also experimenting with the technology.

BMW said it has addressed any issues of "dazzling" oncoming traffic or vehicles with the laser lights with the aid of the camera-based, digital high-beam assistant. When the laser lights are activated, a digital high beam assistant identifies oncoming vehicles as well as those ahead and dips the light automatically as soon as there is a danger of "dazzling".

"When the road is free again, the assistant automatically re-enables the high beam, thereby restoring the maximum range of visibility," a BMW spokesperson wrote in an email reply to Computerworld.

"Sufficiently illuminated cyclists can also be identified by the camera system, at which time the high beam is deactivated. Animals and pedestrians, however, are not identified by the camera system.

BMW demonstrates how the laser headlight technology works.


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