What do you think?
Too much technology?
With the exception of nude selfies over Snapchat, there’s no such thing!
What could go wrong?
Dumb kids retro-converting their beater Civics with cheap knockoff LEDs that have poorly calibrated sensors that will therefore blind the hell out of me, kinda like they do now with HID kits.
Better road safety, especially in rural areas when throwing a lot of light means more likelihood of seeing the deer before it’s too late to avoid hitting it.
Which set-up makes the most sense?
The LED array. Lasers are merely brighter. LEDs are brighter and have active avoidance for blinding other drivers.
Are these going to add to the cost of new cars (already out of reach for many) and are they going to be reliable and nearly maintenance free?
Yeah, but they’re only going to add to the cost of new luxury cars until the technology filters down to the mainstream. No one complains that halogen lights add to the cost of cars. As technology ages and increases in adoption costs go down, at which point you’ll start seeing them in non-luxury new cars.
Look at non-luxury cars today. My SO’s Veloster is a great example. It has a navigation system, a backup camera, bluetooth audio and phone, satellite radio, a sunroof, bucket seats, air bags, 3 point seat belts, power windows and locks, remote start, keyless entry, a CD player, a subwoofer, designer alloy wheels, a 120v power outlet, multiple USB charging and input ports, and a lot more junk that I’m probably forgetting.
All of these things were at one time available only in luxury cars. Today they’re so cheap they can go into an economy car that goes out the door for under 26 grand.
The same will happen with these headlights if they take off.
As for reliable/maintenance free, I don’t see why not. You won’t have moving parts, LEDs last longer than halogen bulbs… I suspect they’ll turn out to be more reliable and maintenance free than the headlights they replace.