LED headlights might be all the rage, but BMW is developing a new laser-based illumination system.

LED headlights might be all the rage, but BMW is developing a new laser-based illumination system.

Considered the "next logical step" in automotive lighting, the system uses a series of laser diodes to create a beam of energy which is converted into visible light by a fluorescent phosphor material. This setup promises to deliver better illumination than traditional LED lights (170 lumens vs. 100 lumens), while being more energy efficient.

If initial development goes according to plan, laser headlights could start showing up in production vehicles within a few years.

Note: BMW ConnectedDrive concept pictured for illustration purposes

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