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Laser technology from OSRAM – now yet in another premium car!

Laser light in BMW 7

Following on from the BMW i8, OSRAM laser technology has now also been built into the front headlights of the new BMW 7 Series. The laser module with three high-power diodes is based on a development by the OSRAM Opto Semiconductor research laboratories in Regensburg. The laser boost is added to the full beam and creates the longest range currently available on the roads of up to 600 metres.

OSRAM´s laser module built into first global series production car with laser headlights

According to Hans-Joachim Schwabe, CEO Specialty Lighting at OSRAM says, "Alongside our position as a leader in LED and laser technology, the use of laser light as the next step in automotive lighting once more demonstrates our expertise in lighting systems".

OSRAM has already played a key role as a system partner in the development of the laser light for the BMW i8 front headlights. This was launched onto the market in 2014, as the first global series production car with laser headlights. The same OSRAM laser module is fitted into the new BMW 7 series.

Laser light – the next step in automotive lighting

The great advantage of laser diodes is their small size: they can generate a lot of light in a very small space. A laser diode generates an almost punctiform flux on a few microns, thus the lens used may turn out to be very small. The extremely high light intensity also enables its long range. This is how headlights in the future will be designed even smaller than at present, without sacrificing light output. This combination of design and functionality means that laser light has huge potential for automotive lighting in the future.

Facts about laser light in cars:

  • First global series production car with laser headlights in 2014
  • Up to 600 metres of light range
  • Very small size of laser diodes compared to other lighting solutions
  • High light intensity

More information:

Lighting revolution in cars: Interview with OSRAM´s automotive experte Richard Lothholz News: OSRAM Laser Light – Automotive Product of the Year 2015 by the specialist magazine Elektronik