German car maker BMW is reportedly developing laser headlights to replace the traditional light emitting diode (LED) bulbs.
The technology, to be debuted on the hybrid BMW i8 concept, is more efficient than the standard light emitting diodes used by many vehicles today.
The laser beam headlights can be up to 1,000 times brighter than a traditional LED and will help save energy, reports Discovery News.
Laser lighting generates 170 lumens while standard LED lighting generates around 100 lumens per watt.
The light is also safe for the eyes. The bluish laser light is converted by a phosphor material inside the headlight into what the BMW group calls “a pure white light which is very bright and pleasant to the eye.”
While BMW engineers say they have no plans to radically reduce the size of the headlights, they acknowledge the new technology will play an important role in the styling of future BMW models and will also yield new alternatives for headlight positioning and body design.