Mercedes’ futuristic headlights are going to be included in a limited quantity of Mercedes-Maybach S-Class cars, Daimler announced today.
Mercedes first demoed an LED grille back in 2015 in its F 015 research car, but these new digital lights are supposedly more precise than the multibeam LED headlamps. Each smart HD quality headlamp has over one million pixels and can control where and how much light is thrown in front of the car. They have sensors that control the level of brightness so that onlookers or nearby drivers aren’t blinded by lights.
The headlamps are also capable of projecting information onto the road. For instance, if you’re driving through a construction site, two lines of light can be projected to show the width of the car and guide you to not drive too close to either side. Or if you’re getting too close to the car in front and you’re driving faster than 18.6 miles per hour, your car will project a rear-end collision warning symbol to warn you.
The select customers who buy these cars can expect delivery sometime within the first half of this year. The number of cars with these headlights will be limited, but eventually this technology should roll out to other brands. For instance, Volkswagen promises to embed a matrix of LED lights in its forthcoming futuristic car Vizzion that will be able to project images and messages.