Mercedes: Almost Intelligent Headlight Beams That Know Where To Shine The Light
Mercedes is developing headlight beams that are smart, (called DLP, Digital Light Projection) and can examine the road ahead to determine which way, left or right and how high, up or down, to shine their headlight beams. Along with other useful information that may get transmitted to the computer for the driver to see, like how far away the car is in front of them
“In a dark garage at the Mercedes-Benz headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, a flat gray S-Class illuminates a white screen at the end of long hall. The headlights blast on and while the light is bright, it’s not that impressive. Then Stefan Toepfer, electronic and software developer for exterior lighting taps on his tablet and a series of black moving squares appear within the lit area.
It takes a moment before I realize that these dark areas represent cars that in the real world wouldn’t get blinded by the Mercedes’ high beams. It’s a great way to see more at night without endangering other drivers. And it gets better.”