Mercedes-Benz has introduced a new technology of software-controlled lights for cars that will assist drivers for safety, performance, and communication. The folks like to call it the ‘Digital Light’. It is a dazzle-free continuous main beam and has a resolution of more than 2 million pixels making it HD quality. The illumination unit features chips that work with over one million micromirrors, i.e. more than two million in total per vehicle. The luxury car manufacturer plans to equip all of its future vehicles with the new, efficient and compact LED chip.
As mentioned, the new HD quality headlamp provides a chip working with over a million micro-mirrors. The light through this unit is split up into tiny pixels and smaller the light pixels become the better the system can react to different situations. It can illuminate the path ahead precisely and simultaneously individual areas can be faded out or dimmed in a targeted manner. Speaking on how the headlamp makes a decision to modify its illumination levels and areas, Gunter Fischer, Head of Exterior Body Development and Vehicle Operating Systems at Daimler AG said that – The decisive factor is not the technology in the headlamp but the digital intelligence behind it.
The intelligent actuation logic was developed by Mercedes-Benz and it helps to create an optimum view for the driver, without dazzling other road users. Sensors, such as cameras or radar, detect other road users and powerful computers evaluate the data as well as digital cards in milliseconds and give the headlamps the commands for adapting the light distribution in all situations.
The Digital Light innovation not only executes ideal light distribution but can also guide and support the driver in critical situations such as driving through narrow roadworks. It will be possible to project light traces onto the road to replace missing road markings and can also beam messages like direction arrows or warnings onto the road, symbols or a zebra crossing for pedestrians can be projected.
Here’s the video of the Mercedes-Benz Digital Light followed by an image gallery!