The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class has been known to be more than just luxurious as it is also prestigious and exclusive. Now, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class has been updated to feature a distinct and revolutionary lighting technology, as unveiled to the global public at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
Image projection is not a new concept in cars. So-called heads up display (HUD) uses light to project images onto the windshield just in front of the driver. The projected image by the HUD system features various information considered as relevant to the functions of the vehicle. This lighting concept is taken into another level by the groundbreaking revolutionary headlamp technology Digital Light. While other headlamps just illuminate the road ahead, Digital Light also projects certain symbols – in HD quality -- directly in the field of vision, serving as a visual aid to the driver of a Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Likewise, the projected symbols serve as communication with the surroundings.
This marks the first time that Digital Light is employed in the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Digital Light will be soon entering small series production in the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, with only a select few of its fleet customers taking delivery of the symbol-project luxurious flagship in the first half of 2018.
The symbols projected onto the road by the Digital Light headlamps include guide lines, which essentially are two trails of light corresponding to the entire width of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. These guide lines are projected onto the driver's own lane to help him or her with orientation. The symbols also include an extended pedestrian mark. Once the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class detects a pedestrian in the danger zone near the road, the Digital Light headlamps will project an arrow pointing towards them on the road.
Likewise, the symbols include a distance mark, which a proximity mark that projected on the road at an appropriate time, especially when the Distronic Plus proximity control is activated or the standard proximity is changed. The Digital Light headlamps also project a lane-keeping symbol when it is sensed that the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is possibly leaving its lane and entering the oncoming traffic.
Other symbols projected by the Digital Light headlamps include a blind-spot symbol, construction-site symbol, lane-keeping symbol, low-grip surface symbol, rear-end collision symbol and speed symbol.
To achieve this feat, the Digital Light headlamps boasts of a resolution of more than two million pixels – or over one million pixels per headlamp. The headlamps feature a chip with more than a million micro-reflectors, or over two million per vehicle.
Other road users are detected through cameras and sensor systems in the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, with data and digital navigation maps analyzed in milliseconds by powerful computers. Then, the headlamps receive the commands for the best possible illumination in all situations. Compared to the Multibeam LED headlamps, Digital Light headlights are more precise, helping minimize the risk of dazzling other road users.