Laser Headlights – They’re Not Strapped To Sharks Are They?
This awesome story is brought to us by PopularMechanics.com. You heard right…LASER HEADLIGHTS! Who wouldn’t want that?! But, how do they work, and what does this mean in actual use? At the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show, Audi announced that laser-based lights will make it into production cars. And Audi’s 2014 R18 race car, which will compete at the 24 Hours of LeMans, will use six laser diodes in addition to its banks of LED lights. How do you turn a laser beam into something resembling a headlight?
In the video below Audi’s Head of Lighting Innovations, at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit provides an explanation. As you can see in the video, the basic answer is that a blue laser projected onto a diode produces diffuse white light, similar to the way LEDs work and perfect for a headlight. The actual laser projector is tiny, which offers some packaging advantages compared to LEDs. What makes the laser light so appealing to carmakers is its potential to shine 1,500 feet down the road…more than a quarter of a mile! But the technology is still improving, Berlitz says. “At the moment, the laser’s not strong enough. It’s at a point where LED were about ten years ago.” Berlitz tells us that, like on the Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept, future Audis will use a combination of LED and lasers, with the lasers serving as the car’s high beams.
In honor of our new Medium Duty Truck Service And Repair department, today we feature some industry news from the medium duty truck industry. After quite an absence from the medium-duty truck segment in the US, Chevrolet gave Isuzu a call and asked “Hey, could we badge-engineer your low cabs then sell them as Chevys?” The reply? “Sure thing!” Thus this fact is now an official agreement and announcement.
There’s more than the make and model to consider when it’s time to buy a new car. For consumers who’ll be financing the purchase, there are generally two options, leasing, and buying. A lot of people find leasing confusing because of all the clauses and limits of liability, hidden charges and sometimes terminology that isn’t easy to understand. Most of us will purchase between 6-10 cars over our lifetime, but for those who lease, rather than buy, they’ll have the use of upwards of 60 cars during t same time period.