Mercedes Benz announced its revolutionary headlamp technology DIGITAL LIGHT with virtually dazzle-free main beam in HD quality and a resolution of more than two million pixels should be entering small series production in the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.
The revolutionary DIGITAL LIGHT headlamp technology with outstanding performance facilitates pioneering driving assistance and communication with the driver and can create the ideal light conditions in every driving situation. DIGITAL LIGHT offers even higher precision than the MULTIBEAM LED headlamps, minimizing the risk of other road users being dazzled. DIGITAL LIGHT delivers an important contribution towards improving safety in road traffic – as an integral part of the overall INTELLIGENT DRIVE strategy.
In the new HD-quality headlamp there is a chip at work with over a million micro-reflectors, i.e. a total of over two million per vehicle. Cameras and sensor systems in the vehicle detect other road users, powerful computers evaluate the data plus digital navigation maps in milliseconds and give the headlamps the commands for best possible adaption of the light distribution in all situations.
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With the innovative software-controlled DIGITAL LIGHT technology symbols can also be projected onto the road in HD quality. This not only gives the driver information directly in their field of vision: in a second step it could also make communication with the surroundings possible.
An overview of the DIGITAL LIGHT functions:
Guide lines – When driving through a construction site, two trails of light corresponding to the entire width of the car are projected onto the driver’s own lane. These guide lines help the driver with orientation.
Extended pedestrian mark- If a pedestrian is detected in the danger zone near the road, an arrow pointing towards them appears on the road surface. This is in addition to the mark already made by the Adaptive Highbeam Assist.
Distance mark- This function supports the driver in setting the standard proximity appropriate for certain situations. When the driver activates the DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control or changes the standard proximity, an appropriate proximity mark appears on the road.
The car with DIGITAL LIGHT technology can also warn the driver about certain dangers and give relevant information on the road. For example if the car is in danger of leaving its lane and entering the oncoming traffic, a lane-keeping symbol is projected onto the road.
The following symbols are available as small series production starts:
- Low-grip surface symbol
- Construction-site symbol
- Rear-end collision symbol
- Lane-keeping symbol
- Blind-spot symbol
- Speed symbol.