The revolutionary DIGITAL LIGHT headlamp technology (optional extra) enables innovative functions such as the projection of auxiliary markings or warning symbols onto the road surface. DIGITAL LIGHT has a light module with three extremely powerful LEDs in each headlamp, whose light is refracted and directed by 1.3 million micro-mirrors. The resolution is therefore more than 2.6 million pixels per vehicle.
The micro-mirrors occupy the same area as a thumbnail. A control unit with a powerful graphic processor uses an HDMI-like connection to generate a continuous video stream to the mirrors. Digital Light therefore uses the technology of video projectors. The new headlamp in the EQS can be recognised by its concave lens and the blue illuminated Mercedes-Benz lettering.
The beam divided into 1.3 million pixels makes absolutely precise light distribution possible. High-Beam Assist is highly accurate when masking out oncoming traffic or traffic signs. Light/shadow graduations and the light distribution of all the other adaptive light functions are also realised with considerably more precision, optimising illumination by e.g. fog light, motorway light or city light.
These assistance functions are revolutionary:
- Warning of recognised roadworks by projecting an excavator symbol onto the road surface
- Aiming a spotlight at pedestrians detected at the roadside as a warning
- Traffic lights, stop signs or no-entry signs are pointed out by projecting a warning symbol onto the road surface
- Assistance on narrow road lanes (roadworks) by projecting guidelines onto the road surface
- Indication of the start of cooperative lane change
- Warning and directional guidance when Lane Keeping Assist or Blind Spot Assist detects a hazard
The topographic light takes hills into account on the basis of navigation maps, especially crests and depressions: When driving over a crest, for example, the headlamp does not shine into the sky, but is swivelled down as parallel as possible to the road. In depressions, the light cone is raised and thus practically all the desired range is obtained.
DIGITAL LIGHT welcomes and says farewell to the driver with a special light show.
The integrated geofencing helps to comply with legal regulations in each country. Because which DIGITAL LIGHT projection functions are allowed differs internationally. When it crosses a state border, the EQS automatically adjusts the functions of DIGITAL LIGHT to the applicable regulations. In this case, the corresponding projections can still be activated in MBUX, but the function is suppressed during the stay in this country.
 Owing to road traffic regulations, the availability and functions of these new assistance functions may be restricted in certain markets.