Mercedes-Benz reveals next-gen LED headlights system
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Mercedes reveals their next-gen headlight system, says it is more affordable than Laser light tech from rivals Audi and BMW

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What’s equipped in 2015 Mercedes Benz CLS is a situation-based headlight control system that illuminates selective region of road ahead with upto 24 LEDs per headlamp unit. The system uses camera technology to calculate just the right amount of light intensity required, as well as light pattern to be thrown on the road, at the rate of 100 times per second.

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Mercedes criticises laser headlights by stressing that LED technology achieves such lighting performance at significantly lower costs and with lesser degree of complexity.

Thomas Weber, Mercedes Research and Development Director, says that the pattern changes extremely quickly and unobtrusively. It also detects lane path, corners as well as roundabouts (circular intersection) and adjusts light spread for better and complete visibility.

To further extend Mercedes Benz’s pioneering role in automotive lighting sector, the company has previewed next generation LED headlamps that features 84 LEDs. The luxury car marquee says that this additional high beam works with state-of-the-art high-performance Light Emitting Diodes to yield high beam ranges of over 600 meters (1,968 feet). This extended light range will be seen only when the road is clear of oncoming traffic or vehicles ahead, otherwise, light spread will be dynamically modified.

2015 Mercedes Benz CLS 9 sedan
The new Mercedes CLS with 24 LED headlight

Speaking about the Laser headlight system, which has been already incorporated by rivals – BMW and Audi, Mercedes Benz did not reveal if theirs is better or not. But they did say that their system is much more affordable than the Laser headlight system. Apart from this, it is also able to exploit the leagally permissible limit of illumination oin Europe to the fullest.

Mercedes Benz has confirmed plans to implement High Range LED high beams in LED headlamps of upcoming models in near future.

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