Daimler reveals new generation Multibeam LED technology

June 17, 2014 // By Paul Buckley
Daimler has revealed that the company's 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS model will for the first time feature Multibeam LED headlights. These headlights have 24 individually controlled LEDs each which adjust 100 times every second from four control units and the camera.

The high-resolution precision LED modules, each with 24 individually controlled high-performance LEDs, will automatically illuminate the road with precision-controlled distribution of bright light – without dazzling other road users. A camera positioned behind the windscreen delivers the information with which four control units manage the ideal light pattern at 100 times per second.

In 2010, the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class claimed to be the first production automobile to feature dynamic all-LED high-performance headlamps complete with adaptive light functions.

The Multibeam LED headlamps claims to make use of the many advantages of LED technology and combines them with state-of-the-art lighting and control technologies to offer the driver more benefits in daily driving than other headlamp systems.

Multibeam LED headlamps expand the Intelligent Light System's previous functionality (Adaptive Highbeam Assist, country mode, motorway mode, fog lamps, active light function, cornering light function, LED daytime driving lamps) with a number of innovative lighting features such as dazzle-free high-resolution high beams which react faster and more precisely.  The innovative headlamps also feature an anticipatory camera-based active light function as well as a navigation-based roundabout light function.

The headlamps of the new generation of the CLS are all-LED headlamps and combine the merits of state-of-the-art lighting technologies to form the Multibeam LED technology. They can to automatically and optimally adjust the light distribution more precisely than before to virtually any road and traffic conditions, always ensuring extensive and bright illumination of the road and its edges without dazzling other drivers.

The dazzle-free main beam uses an advanced camera-based Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus system from the Mercedes S-, E- and C-Class models. By using the camera positioned behind the front windscreen it detects oncoming traffic or vehicles in front, and mechanically masks them out in the light cone of the main beam so that the drivers are not dazzled. Consequently, the high-beam headlamps can be left on at all times, to use their full range without irritating or