Bill Bennett September 8, 2011 02:22 AM oh, imagine the cost of repair, the early BuMmerW HID bulbs on the 740 make me iL were 300 coconuts each bet when not if, but when they fail two to three thousand each, come on down, watch my clients gulp, like my customers from Salem OR USA that needed two new ballasts on their MickieBenZ for only 5 thousand to fix their headlights, new cars are great Nofijuidi Jumri September 8, 2011 02:51 AM who cares the cost, if you can afford it, why not, not everything is for everyone Steve Bennett September 8, 2011 03:21 AM Reducing the size of the light source from one millimetre to a few microns opens up radically new design possibilities, but reducing the size of the headlight itself is ruled out? I don\'t get it. Mel Tisdale September 8, 2011 09:45 AM I am glad that they do not plan to reduce the size of the headlight. Even the some of the modern headlights are too small. We have to remember that headlights are not just for seeing by, they perform an equally important role of making a car visible, too.Perhaps they can polarize the light too. Make windscreens polarized at 90 degrees to that of the headlight and we have dazzle free motoring (Edwin Land) Matt Green September 8, 2011 11:23 AM Be nice if they can make them point in the right direction without blinding everyone... PolishBear September 8, 2011 11:56 AM Laser headlights, huh? Just the LAST thing I wanted to hear about, especially when more and more cars are being tricked out with all sorts of blinding, blue-white headlights and fog lights that their drivers think look cool but oncoming drivers are utterly annoyed by. CliffG September 8, 2011 02:11 PM I assume there will be three settings, one to illuminate, another to blind, and a third to vaporize. Why bother to tailgate? Joseph Manske September 8, 2011 02:15 PM \"The company says that laser light not only offers energy - and therefore fuel - savings\"How is this possible? Alternators produce as excess of electricity to charge the battery while also firing the spark plugs, running the computer, powering fans, etc. The engine does not burn more fuel due to changing loads from the alternator. Possibly this argument could be made in a hybrid or pure electric vehicle but overall it\'s specious. Conor Raypholtz September 8, 2011 02:38 PM first of all cost will be either lower or the same not more..... second i thank they where talking about the possibility of using the technology as a censor and HUD to detect and alert the driver of obstructions ahead... saving you the cost of a new car :D..... seriously though why would you think it would cost 2k per bulb, you know people buy cheap toys with lasers in them... for there cats.... Charles Bosse September 8, 2011 03:18 PM What you would be seeing isn\'t the laser, but essentially a florescent bulb pumped by laser light instead of the current UV light. You could make is solid (more durable) and as 405nm laser diodes are cheep as dirt, the whole light (after engineering) would probably only cost $1 to manufacture and run on a few mW. In fact, the technology would probably be a great replacement for streetlamps and deploy-able (with the addition of a few rechargeable Li-ion AA\'s and a small solar cell) to places like rural Afghanistan where infrastructure is weak and extra night time lighting would make a big difference.