New York Times contributor blogs about cars and other interesting ways of getting around.
Here come the laser cars
Laser spark plugs could soon make the tune-up obsolete. Just don't try to watch them work.
- BMW is outfitting its exotic i8 plug-in hybrid with laser headlights, described as the next thing after super-efficient LEDs. “Where LEDs generate 100 lumens per watt, lasers generate 170 lumens per watt. When used in an electric car, laser headlights would draw less energy from the battery.” Cool!
- Amazon yielded the Maxsa Dual Laser Parking device, which guides his or her vehicles into position. Useful if you are in tight quarters. One buyer chimed in, “Surely I can figure out how to park the car in my own garage without yet another device with blinking lights?” But he then said the darned thing has become indispensible.
- And, of course, lasers, along with sensors and wireless technology, are a vital part of tomorrow’s self-guided cars. Reports the Daily Mail, “Drivers will be able to sleep, read, work or watch television behind the wheel of their cars at 70mph on the motorway, using technology being developed by scientists. A system which will lock cars together using sensors and wireless technology, allowing up to 10 at a time to cruise in ‘car train’ convoys, could be unveiled within two years.” That's how it works below:
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