Nomination for the 2016 German Future Prize


A team from Osram and BMW has been nominated for the renowned President’s Prize for Technology and Innovation

Today, Osram and BMW were nominated for the 2016 German Future Prize for their project “Laser light in cars – throwing light on a safer future.” The prize is awarded in recognition of outstanding technical, engineering or scientific innovations. The two companies worked together to develop a light source and headlight technology for a laser high beam which is already in use on the BMW i8 and BMW 7 series cars.

“We are delighted about the nomination and being among the ‘best of the best.’ Our two teams recognized early the enormous potential of the innovation and quickly managed to turn our joint vision into reality,” said Carsten Setzer, Head of Automotive Lamps at Osram and spokesman of the project team.

Christian Amann, Head of Lighting Systems at BMW added: “Rigorous project management, commitment to succeed and constant growth from a customer/supplier relationship to a solid and lasting partnership all made crucial contributions to the success of the project.”

Brighter light improves road safety
In combination with other driver assistance functions, laser light technology, with ranges of up to 600 meters, provides much better visibility for drivers at night and therefore makes a significant contribution to road safety. Additionally, Osram and BMW have implemented an integrated fail-safe system that prevents blue laser light from being emitted in the event of a malfunction, crash or manipulation. This is guaranteed by multiple redundant safety mechanisms.

Promising prospects
For laser technology to be a sustainable and successful option in road traffic, there needs to be a high level of usage. Current developments by Osram and BMW are therefore focusing on reducing costs and simplifying module design. The two companies are working on the interplay between safety, comfort, energy efficiency and design. Osram has already developed further generations of laser technology which will soon be installed in other vehicle models, and BMW is planning to install laser light in a number of series cars which will be updated in the next few years.

Additional applications in other forms of transportation are conceivable, such as in aircraft, ships and trains. Also, the healthcare and entertainment sectors will benefit from this technology in the future.

A contest between outstanding technologies
The German Future Prize, presented annually, is a national award given in recognition of outstanding innovations. Now in its 20th year, the award was designed to draw the attention of the public to the powers of innovation in Germany and to highlight the relationship between technical innovations and the creation of jobs.

On Nov. 30, 2016, the President of Germany, Joachim Gauck, will present one of the three nominated teams with the 2016 German Future Prize.

For more information on the German Future Prize, go to and for details of the team from Osram and BMW, go to

German Innovation Prize 2016

German Innovation Prize 2016

German Innovation Prize 2016


OSRAM, based in Munich, is a globally leading lighting manufacturer with a history dating back more than 100 years. The portfolio ranges from high-tech applications based on semiconductor technology, such as infrared or laser lighting, to smart and connected lighting solutions in buildings and cities. OSRAM had around 33,000 employees worldwide at the end of fiscal 2015 (September 30) and generated revenue of almost €5.6 billion in that fiscal year. The company is listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt and Munich (ISIN: DE000LED4000; WKN: LED 400; trading symbol: OSR). Additional information can be found at