As the saying goes, “Eyes are the window to the soul”. To an automobile, the light clusters give a powerful visual effect to the car, complementing its exterior design philosophy.
BMW has released a video that discuss the brand’s light clusters design from the past to the present and takes a peek into the future. Taking the viewers through the video is BMW’s Exterior-Details designer, Sebastian Morgenstern.
The short clip brings us back to the 1960s when BMW’s signature twin circular headlights debut on the 2800 CS. Personally, I am most impressed with BMW’s corona-ring design that debut on the E39 5 Series in 2001.
They were powered by fiber optics pointing through a filament light bulb and were used as daytime running lights. Of course, their brightness could not be compared to the LED bulbs today. However, the concept was revolutionary back then.
BMW is now looking into laser technology as the future of headlights. Purportedly to be ready within a few years, the updated beams boast intensity a thousand times greater than their fore bearers while consuming less than half the power. When laser technology materializes, I hope that anti-glare rear view mirror would be upgraded as well.