Showing posts with label BMW. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BMW. Show all posts

Nov 8, 2013

Laser Headlights are Coming

BMW is working on laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) headlights to be introduced on selected 2014 models. They promise to be much better than the relatively recent LED headlights. The laser lights will put out more light and use two-thirds the power of LEDs, which use one fourth the power of ordinary headlights. They are also much more efficient and brighter than the current Xenon headlights used on some cars. In addition, they are just 10 square micrometers and 1/10,000th the size of a 1-square-millimeter LED.

The inventor of the headlights says Laser lighting may even do away with household LED and CFL lighting before either takes off. These new Laser lights are also ideal for businesses, signage, and projectors used in movie theaters, as well as smartphone projectors. The Laser lights are different than you might think of a laser beam. These lights are diffused blue beams and reconstituted to a white specific width for use. There is no danger of an accident creating a beam that could be harmful to the naked eye.

Einstein came up with the theoretical foundation for lasers in 1917 and they were first demonstrated in 1947. They have been in use since then for various applications, but almost always as a concentrated beam.

It took from 1879, when the incandescent light began until a few years ago for radical change, now we have another whole new generation of lighting in about five years. In spite of the hype from manufacturers, it will likely be a few more years before we can buy one for our homes.

Sep 13, 2013

Who Owns What Auto Brands

During the 1990s Volkswagen acquired Lamborghini, Bentley, and Bugatti. VW also owns Audi, Ducati Motorcycles, MAN (Uzbekistan), Scania, Porsche, SEAT (Spain), and Skoda (Czech) brands, as well as 19.9% of Suzuki. All together, Volkswagen owns 340 subsidiary companies, with 550,000 employees. Interesting to know that Porsche produced the first VW Beetle. Seems VW transformed itself from beetle to elephant.

Other interesting brand owners:
BMW owns: BMW, Mini, and Rolls Royce.
Fiat owns: Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, Jeep, Lancia, Maserati, and Ram.
Hyundai owns: Hyundai, Kia. (It is pronounced Hun-Day, like Sunday)
Tata Motors (India) owns: Tata, Jaguar, and Land Rover.
Renault owns Nissan, which owns Infiniti.
Toyota owns: Lexus, Scion, Daihatsu, Hino Motors, Isuzu, and a stake in Fuji Industries (Subaru's parent).
Geely owns Volvo (Chinese Zhejiang Geely Holding Group).

Jun 24, 2011

Car Options

There is an option for BMW's Mini Cooper that will tell you how long your convertible top has been down. It is called the openometer and it keeps track of the minutes and hours that you have your top down. At the other end of the spectrum, the Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe has a feature that creates the illusion of a convertible at night. Hand sewn into the headlining are 1600 fiber optic lights that create the illusion of a starry night overhead.