This is known by Mercedes-Benz, who decided to improve this aspect on future models. In the rush for the safest optical blocks, the German manufacturer began a revolution in this field. The revolutionary technology “Digital Light” will make its debut soon on production models, the first on the list being the future Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelift!
After seeing the Matrix technology from Audi, and then the laser headlights from BMW rivals, Mercedes’ turn to impress in terms of night time lighting has finally come.
The Germans have announced the Digital Light technology, scheduled to appear on a god deal of their future models headlights. Digital Light seeks to provide optimum illumination during night time without dazzling other participants in traffic. The technology is being tested in real traffic since November and is expected to take its place on series cars starting next year.
Digital Light uses an HD chip, capable of controlling more than one million micro-mirrors found in each headlight. Using the information gathered from radars, camcorders, Digital Light identifies other oncoming traffic and adjust the light beam to avoid dazzling them.
Each block has four optical light points, and each point of light has over 1,000 LED chips. That makes a car equipped with this technology owning an impressive number of LED chip, exactly 8192 to be precise.
The new headlamps lighting not only offers improved protection for other road users, but also have a world-first feature: projection abilities.
The original headlight function is to highlight traffic signs, indications for the navigation system, and warning symbols for the assist driving systems. However, if a pedestrian steps on the road, but there is no pedestrian crossing, then the headlights project on the road an arrow pointing right in the direction of the pedestrian, to alert the driver.
In the same situation, the headlights can send flashes of light in the direction of the pedestrian, all to make it quickly noticeable by the driver. In addition, if the car’s sensors detect pedestrians that are on the roadside then the new lights can project a bright pedestrian crossing on the asphalt to allow them crossing. This way, other drivers are being warned to be aware of pedestrians on the road.
The headlamps are connected with driving assistance systems, so if the distance to the car in front becomes too small compared to running speed, the frontal optical blocks blare the warning lights.
The driving directions and distances displayed on the navigation system are in turn lit on the street. If you go on a road under construction which is narrower, then the headlamps create bookmarks that take into account the width of the car and guide the driver to maneuver safely through the limited space.
Of course we can imagine that in the future the functions of these devices will be even more varied, with the development of connectivity and communication between cars, and also between cars and infrastructure.