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BMW M4 CES Concept Shows Off Advanced Laserlight, OLED Technology

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/6/2015 Karla Sanchez
BMW M4 CES Concept Shows Off Advanced Laserlight, OLED Technology

We already knew about BMW's use of laser headlight technology, but the German automaker has continued to make improvements to the tech for its future cars. At the 2015 CES show in Las Vegas, BMW showed off an M4 concept that boasted the latest iteration of Laserlight technology, which has been made more "intelligent," according to the German automaker.

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The BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights show car, shown in a Cool White metallic exterior paint, boasted a new take on BMW's signature twin round headlights with fine blue strips inside the lights. The use of lasers also allowed for the headlights to be made flatter with a more sharply sculpted design. Around back, the M4's rear taillights and rear blinkers sport organic light-emitting diodes ( OLEDs ), which produce light from wafer-thin semiconducting layers of organic material. These types of lights not only take up less room because they're so thin, but they also create a cool three-dimensional effect. Producing a bright white light similar to natural daylight, the lights consume 30 percent less energy while still being able to produce a more intense light compared to halogen, xenon, or LED lights. The OLED individual modules can also be activated separately, which means the taillights could create different lighting effects depending on the driving mode selected.

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Furthermore, the Laserlight system has been enhanced to implement "new intelligent lighting functions" by integrating it with assistance systems and vehicle sensors. The Laserlight technology works in conjunction with BMW's high-beam assistance system, giving the lamps a longer beam range of up to about 1969 feet, or roughly twice the range of conventional headlights. In addition, the laser headlights' new ability to work with the navigation system now means the adaptive headlight system can illuminate corners even before the steering wheel is turned, while a laser-based Dynamic Light Spot can provide an early warning if it senses people or animals at night from a distance of up to 328 feet.

BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights 11© Provided by MotorTrend BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights 11

BMW says the Laserlight system is being developed for its future cars, and that a production model featuring OLEDs will arrive in the very near future.

Source: BMW

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