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Cars 'may soon be started by lasers'

By T.K. Randall
July 13, 2009 · Comment icon 8 comments



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A new technology for starting cars using lasers has been developed by a team from Liverpool University. The new system could replace spark plugs and allow for a more reliable and efficient way to start your car in cold weather.
Forget spark plugs. You would soon be able to start your car by lasers, thanks to scientists who have developed what they claim is an ignition system which uses focused beams of laser light to ignite the fuel. "


Source: Times of India | Comments (8)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by kobolds 14 years ago
i wonder what will happen if use it in dry/hot climate place like desert
Comment icon #2 Posted by villageidiot3o 14 years ago
This would be awesome here in Michigan, where the winters can (sometimes) be cold as hell and vehiculars refuse to start...
Comment icon #3 Posted by BiffSplitkins 14 years ago
This makes perfect sense. Why didn't someone think of this long ago? Electronic timing of laser firing seems like it would be far more accurate than an electrical spark.
Comment icon #4 Posted by HerNibs 14 years ago
What could possibly go wrong? Nibs
Comment icon #5 Posted by Jaygatz 14 years ago
I'm sure they have had the technology for this years ago however to inter grade it into cars would have been expensive. I'm almost certin this will work in any climate including Dry desert and -40 snowy weather for us Canadians
Comment icon #6 Posted by DevilDogPratt 14 years ago
now they need laser headlights so you can actually drive when its snowy
Comment icon #7 Posted by wolemrock 14 years ago
we are witnessing another evolution of automobile industry... cool...
Comment icon #8 Posted by 80's Baby 14 years ago
Great. THAT sounds safe. And why does that image look exactly like an electric toothbrush?


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