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201426 Jun


German luxury carmaker, Mercedes-Benz is writing a new chapter in automotive lighting systems with the Multibeam LED technology. This innovative lighting technology can optimally adjust the light distribution instantly and automatically to virtually any traffic situation ensuring broad and bright illumination of the road surface and edge of the carriageway for high performance and precision without dazzling other car drivers.


The camera-based Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus provides the information for the illumination. If it detects illuminated oncoming vehicles or vehicles ahead, it drives each of the individual 24 high-performance LEDs in a matrix light source electronically so that individual areas of the road are specifically masked in accordance with the particular situation. The headlamp control function combines the matrix light source with the tried-and-trusted technology of the LED Intelligent Light System, thus increasing the precision of today's matrix light sources and setting up a main beam gap with minimal width. This prevents other drivers from being dazzled. The anti-dazzle main beam can be switched on permanently.


In addition to the camera on the windscreen, this new lighting system uses four control units per vehicle, which calculate the ideal light pattern 100 times per second and control all 24 high-performance LEDs in each precision LED module quickly and individually. Each LED is dimmable in 255 stages.


Each Multibeam LED headlamp also features a precision module for the low-beam headlamp, which can be swiveled outwards by up to twelve degrees. This provides an active light function, which is also camera-controlled. For instance, it offers a preview function which already swivels the active light function when the driver has yet not turned the wheels. Thus it provides optimum illumination of the bend early on. The active light function already swivels back to the straight-ahead position before the end of the bend according to the particular situation. This allows the driver to identify dangers earlier when entering and exiting bends. The anticipatory control allows an additional range of between 30 and 60 metres depending on the traffic situation.


The roundabout light is also unique, which activates the cornering light function modules on the left and right before entering a roundabout in order to provide the best visibility on all sides at an early stage. The navigation system provides the headlamps with details of the locations of roundabouts along the route.


The new Multibeam LED headlamps use their multifunction optical fibres not just as daytime running lamps, and turn signal lamp, but they also welcome the driver by bringing this optical fibre to life with a friendly blue light when the vehicle is opened.


This unique and innovative Multibeam LED lighting system is presently being offered with the new generation Mercedes-benz CLS Coupe and CLS Shooting Brake and will be available on other models in the future.


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