2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS shows its face, reveals the Multibeam LED headlamps

Article by Andrew Christian, on June 16, 2014

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS looks ready to make its official debut as the German carmaker revealed today the first teaser photos. Mercedes-Benz used the new teasers in order to underline the new technology found in the Multibeam LED headlamps. According to the official press release, each headlight features 24 individually controlled high-performance LEDs.

Mercedes’ new technology looks similar to Audi’s Matrix LED headlights that made their debut on the facelifted A8 back in September. The bad news is that Mercedes-Benz will have the same problem as Audi and we don’t expect to see the Multibeam LED headlights in the United States due to the rules that need separate high-beam and low-beam modes.

So, how do the MultiBeam LED headlights work? According to Mercedes-Benz the headlights automatically illuminate the road with precision-controlled distribution of exceptionally bright light.

A camera located behind the windscreen delivers the information with which four control units that calculate the ideal light pattern 100 times per second and activate all 24 high-performance LEDs in lamp module individually.

Compared with the systems on the market today, the MULTIBEAM LED headlamps have up to 2.5 times the partial high-beam light output. What’s more interesting is that there is no dark zone on roundabouts because the light function is navigation-based.

This means that it activates the cornering light function to the left or right just before entering the roundabout in order to ensure the maximum visibility.

"The first LED headlamps with all the adaptive functions of the Intelligent Light System have been available to our customers since 2010 in the CLS", says Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Daimler Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. "With MULTIBEAM LED technology the headlamps now are able to react even more quickly, more precisely and individually to changing traffic conditions. On top of this, there are expanded functions of which a driver will become directly aware, such as anticipatory camera-based curve recognition with the active light function. With such features Mercedes-Benz once again is demonstrating its role as an innovation leader in the automobile industry." [source: Daimler]

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