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Mercedes-Benz develops new “Digital Light” technology to compete with lasers

At the moment, laser lighting seems to be the new fad. Both BMW and Audi have sold cars with laser headlights in Europe. The laser headlight technology, in a nutshell, is comprised of a laser that fires into a filament, which in turn creates ultra bright light, brighter than any LED headlights. However, Mercedes-Benz feels that laser headlights are, to quote the ’90s, so yesterday. So the folks in Stuttgart are developing a new style of lighting, called “Digital Light”.

While the details of the new “Digital Light” technology are still minimal, since Mercedes-Benz is still in the process of development, it is a fascinating sounding technology. Essentially, the Digital headlights use more than one million “micromirrors” per headlight with four light points each. Each light point is comprised of 1024 LED chips, giving the car a total of 8192 LED lights.

The idea behind this isn’t necessarily the brightness or the distance of the light, but the ability to shine light exactly where it’s needed and not where it isn’t. With that many individual lights, the Digital Lights can create illumination in exact places and even exact shapes. “We are not only striving for beam records, rather we want to achieve optimum vision and maximum brightness without glare,”said by Head of Exterior Body Development and Vehicle Operating Systems for Mercedes. “Functions for supporting the driver and staging communication with other road users significantly optimise safety when driving at night.”

In fact, Mercedes is capable of creating specific images on the road ahead with the lights. So if there’s roadwork ahead, the lights will shine a roadwork sign ahead on the road, as well as surrounding illumination, to alert the driver. If a pedestrian is crossing the street and the systems on board recognize it, the lights will display zebra lines across the street to warn the driver.


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