In CLS models fitted with the Multibeam system, each headlight unit features 24 LED units that can be operated independently. With no other cars on the road, all the high-beam LEDs can be lit up to provide maximum illumination, lighting up the road ahead for at least 485m.
As other road users come into view, individual light units can be switched off to shield them from glare. Additionally, the low-beam LED modules are mounted on swivelling mechanisms, allowing the car's lights to point in the direction of travel.
In the new system, the number of individual LED units has grown by three-and-a-half times. According to Mercedes-Benz, the new Multibeam system is the first completely digital headlight, requiring no mechanical actuators at all.
Mercedes-Benz has yet to reveal which model will be the first to feature the new higher resolution Multibeam system, nor has it said when it will be available.
Figures cites by the company indicate that, in Germany at least, five times as many pedestrians are killed on country roads at night compared to daylight hours. Additionally, in Germany 40 per cent of all fatal accidents occur on country roads at night, even though this type of driving only accounts for 20 per cent of all the kilometres covered annually.