All-new E-Class demonstrates MULTIBEAM LED intelligent headlights

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The all-new E-Class is a game changer. Mercedes’ business sedan is a technological tour de force, carrying over most of the revolutionary systems introduced on the S-Class, seasoned with its own new features, including the MULTIBEAM LED headlights.

The focus for the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be on preventing traffic incidents and paving the way for autonomous driving. Beyond this goal, though, the new generation E-Class also boasts an improved version of the Mercedes-Benz MULTIBEAM LED which allows the driver to keep the high beam active at all times thanks to an 84 LED matrix which can modulate the light around oncoming traffic.

The new Multibeam LED headlamps are able to adjust the light distribution more precisely and faster than ever for every traffic situation ensuring broad and bright illumination without dazzling other car drivers.

The information required for illumination is supplied by the camera based Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus system. When the camera placed behind the front windscreen detects oncoming traffic or vehicles in front, each of the 84 individual high-performance LEDs (each LED is no bigger than the cross section of a grain of rice) arranged in a matrix light source is controlled individually so that various areas of the road surface can be masked out, depending on the situation. Combining the matrix light source with LED Intelligent Light System technology, the headlamp control system improves the precision of light sources and sets a gap with a minimal width for the main beam.

In this way, drivers benefit from the best possible illumination and other car drivers are not dazzled.  These anti-dazzle, main-beam headlamps can be kept on permanently.

Multibeam LED headlamps contain also a module for low-beam headlamp which can be swivelled 12 degrees to the outside for active light function. But, as a world premiere, the low-beam headlamp does not swivel only in the moment when the driver turns the steering wheel but anticipates this moment because the function is camera controlled. With this anticipatory function, the low-beam headlamp swivel before the driver has turned and therefore bed is illuminated effectively as soon as possible. And vice-versa, the active light function swivels back to the straight on position before the corner ends.

Another world premiere is at the roundabouts: navigation system supplies the position of roundabouts to the headlamps system and cornering light function is activated to the light and to the right to ensure maximum visibility an all sides.

But enough with the talk, we’ll let Mercedes demonstrative video show you exactly how the new Multibeam LED headlamps work in real life.