For the Mercedes-Benz developers the future of car light lies in dazzle-free main beam in HD quality through their DIGITAL LIGHT initiative. The revolutionary headlamp technology shines with maximum performance and facilitates communication and pioneering driver assistance. The new HD headlamp generation from Mercedes-Benz features chips that work with over one million micromirrors, i. e. more than two million in total per vehicle. The intelligent control logic required for the dynamic light functions was developed by Mercedes-Benz itself. Algorithms receive detailed information about the surroundings from the vehicle sensors, and from it calculate in real time the brightness value for each one of over two million pixels.
DIGITAL LIGHT: Countless possibilities.
This dynamism and precision gives this intelligent system well-nigh countless possibilities to provide ideal, high-resolution light distribution which suits the surrounding conditions perfectly. “The decisive factor is not the technology in the headlamp but the digital intelligence behind it”, stresses Gunter Fischer, Head of Exterior Body Development and Vehicle Operating Systems at Daimler AG. The innovation was developed by Mercedes-Benz in collaboration with two partner companies and it is a good example of the internal cooperation between the Daimler research and the passenger car development on the road to mass production.
Optimum vision and maximum brightness.
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. These efforts yield optimum vision for the driver without dazzling other road users as well as innovative functions with added safety. “With our ‘DIGITAL LIGHT’ strategy we are not striving for beam records, rather we want to achieve optimum vision and maximum brightness without glare. Innovative functions for supporting the driver and staging communication with other road users significantly optimise safety when driving at night,” emphasises Gunter Fischer.
Contributions towards traffic safety.
Mercedes-Benz does not only want to achieve the ideal light distribution for every driving situation with “DIGITAL LIGHT” but guide and support the driver in a targeted manner in critical situations such as driving through narrow roadworks. Additionally, it will be possible to project light traces onto the road to replace missing road markings. Moreover, digital light systems can also beam messages like direction arrows or warnings onto the road. Via “DIGITAL LIGHT” the car will also communicate with other road users in the future.
So symbols or a zebra crossing for pedestrians can be projected. “DIGITAL LIGHT” thus delivers important contributions towards traffic safety and modules on the road to accident-free and autonomous driving – as an integral component of the overall INTELLIGENT DRIVE strategy. What was unveiled in 2015 in the research vehicle F 015 as a vision has now been implemented in demo vehicles and will be on the road in the near future.