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BMW Z3 GT3 laser headlight.

BMW Laser Headlights To Make Motorsports Debut At Nürburgring 24-Hour Race

You've seen the photos, read about the technology, and made plenty of "frickin' lasers" jokes. Now, watch as BMW's laser headlights get their first motorsport test. The German carmaker will bring the technology to the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe, in what it says is the first... read more

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BMW laser headlights

Good Headlights: The Most Important Technology On Your Car?

If you live in the Northern hemisphere, as the majority of the world's population does, today is the shortest day of the year. For those of us at relatively high latitudes... read more December 21, 2011 by 


 
BMW i8 Concept live photos, 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

BMW Now Developing Production Laser Headlight Tech

"Farewell, LED lights, it was nice knowing you. We've enjoyed a good few years together, but now something better has come along and swept us off our feet." So might go the... read more December 14, 2011 by 


 
BMW laser headlights

BMW Gives Us Three Years Until Laser Headlights

Much of BMW's recently detailed ConnectedDrive technologies sound like things we'll see deep in the future, maybe on our grandson's Bimmer. But at least one of these... read more October 11, 2011 by 


 
BMW i Launch Event, Frankfurt, July 2011

Move Aside LED Lighting Tech, BMW Is Firing Up The Lasers

Sometimes the pace of development in the automotive segment has echos of Moore's Law, the trend for power in the computing world to double every two years. No sooner have... read more September 1, 2011 by 


 
BMW laser headlight technology

BMW Develops Laser Headlight Technology

Having already announced the introduction of full LED headlights in its new 6-Series range, BMW is moving onto the next wave of advanced lighting technology for cars: lasers... read more September 1, 2011 by 


 
ZMP RoboCar MEV-C automated vehicle

Latest RoboCar Prototype: Ugly, But High Tech And Autonomous

Some cars are beautiful. Others are fast. Some others are incredibly practical. Some other cars are none of these things, but their importance isn't in their looks, speed or... read more August 24, 2011 by 


 
Thorium could be used as car fuel

Thorium Powered Cars: A Million Miles Without Refuelling

It reads more like a 1950s space race vision of the future than a pragmatic 21st Century theory, but we could now be a step closer to driving a nuclear-powered car. In light... read more August 17, 2011 by 


 
Ford's robotic laser inspection system. Image: Ford Motor Company

Laser-Wielding Robots Build Better Fords

Laser-beam-emitting-robots were once the stuff of 1950s science-fiction nightmares, but today they’re on our side and helping Ford Motor Company to build a better... read more June 2, 2011 by 


 
Laser beams on a car windshield, photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Losing The Spark: Lasers May Replace Plugs For Igniting Fuel

"You can't start a fire without a spark" sang Bruce Springsteen in his 1984 hit Dancing In The Dark. Great line, but unfortunately for old Bruce he wasn't quite technically... read more May 2, 2011 by 


 

Magic Laser And Nanoparticle Engines To Solve Emissions Crisis?

The Turbonator. Magic spark plugs. Fuel additives. Lasers. Wait, lasers? Believe it or not, in addition to the gimmicky infomercial gadgets claiming to turn a wheezing... read more March 18, 2010 by 


 
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