The BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car is the first mass-production car in the world to make use of laser technology in its headlamps. All lighting components on the BMW i8 – including indicators – are LED as standard, but laser can be specified for the high-beam as a cost option.

When in use, the laser headlamps give off a pure white light that’s five times brighter than conventional LED units, offers twice the visibility range and uses less than half the energy, all the while being pleasant to the human eye. Thanks to a light-emitting surface that’s 100 times smaller, the beam is more focussed as well, which should reduce dazzle for oncoming drivers.

Watch the video above to learn more, or digest the full details of the BMW i8 here.