Goodbye Spark Plugs, Hello Laser Ignition!

Spark plug

Almost two years ago we reported that Ford was working to develop a laser ignition system to replace traditional spark plugs.

At the time, we said that Ford would have the technology ready within two years, but the last we heard about it was in an August 2010 story that said laser ignition would show up in Ford vehicles “within the next few years.”

Perhaps Ford’s development process has been more resource-consuming than originally thought. Whatever the reason for the delay, Ford’s big moment of innovation is about to be overshadowed by a group in Japan, which will present its laser ignition research at a conference next month in Baltimore.

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