Maybach S-Class Packs Over A Million Pixels Into Its New Digital Headlights

Mercedes-Benz has been responsible for a staggering list of safety innovations. And many of those have debuted first on the S-Class. Now the top of that line is introducing a new safety technology.

Implemented on certain examples of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is a new Digital Light system that’s far more advanced than any headlights we’ve seen to date.

The system encompasses over a million pixels of illumination in each of the headlamps. What’s more is they can be individually controlled by the on-board computers to project specific symbols onto the road to help the driver stay on the proverbial straight and narrow.

For one, the system takes the Adaptive Highbeam Assist function even further by selectively switching off individual lighting elements when a vehicle approaches in the opposite direction to avoid blinding the other driver. But that’s just the tip of this digital iceberg.

The Digital Light system can also project warnings onto the road surface for the driver to see, taking the idea of a head-up display (typically projected onto the windshield) even further.

If the system detects low-grip surface, for example, it can project a snowflake symbol in the illuminated roadway ahead. Ditto with construction sites, imminent rear-end collisions, and objects in the driver’s blind spot. It can also project helpful symbols like lane guides and distance markers to the vehicle ahead. And these are just some of the functions Mercedes engineers have integrated into the first iteration of the system.

The updated Maybach with the advanced lighting units and their two-million-plus pixels are being showcased at the Geneva show this week before they’re implemented on select fleet vehicles within the coming months. Don’t be surprised, though, to see the technology trickle down to more accessible vehicles in the near future.

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  • Marty

    Clever! Especially the partial illumination is a good solution.
    But the projection of info has some real drawbacks compared to a windshield or glasses with AR info.

  • Bash

    This is cool.

  • salamOOn

    this is great…. i would gladly choose this as an upgrade over better leather or better audio….

    • TrevP

      Really? Wow, see for me an amazing audio system is way more important. But these are very cool headlamps.

      • salamOOn

        why “wow”? those headlights are safety feature. and safety is my No.1 priority while driving.

        • TrevP

          Sorry, didn’t mean to offend you with the word “wow” but while these lights may be a “safety feature” I’ve done just fine with my Adaptive LED headlamps. Good for you for making safety your No. 1 priority.

          • salamOOn

            its ok, im not offended. I was only a little bit surprised.

  • Carenthusiast

    Well done, Merc. Very innovative! Now, what’s gonna be next from BMW & Audi?

    • Frank Yoster

      haha bmw hasnt changed their interior since 08..audis good but BMw is always dissapointing me

      • Carenthusiast

        I was only talking about lights btw!

        • Frank Yoster

          yah and i was talkin about their interiors:D

  • ZYGIUS

    Smal notice
    Road turn warning has bad shape and it reminds turning simbol [>] when all road signs showing opposite direction <<<. This symbol had to bee more rounded, or more like a turning arrow

    • salamOOn

      if you are talking about pic. no.2, its more like “get back to your line” symbol (as in pic. no.4)…not an indicator of road direction…..

  • Great, now a headlight replacement just went up from $5,000 to $15,000…

    • OdysseyTag

      It’s a Maybach – nothing us simple folk need to worry about… Yet.

  • Wow this is really clever, I never thought they can improve headlights further lol.

  • Bash

    Yeah, I see your point, I think this is the price that we have to pay for this kind of technology. But also don’t forget that those headlights are supposed to last long enough for at least two or three oweners when the car is being sold two or three times, for practically when it’s new and under warranty, you don’t have to worry about it, it’s that unfortunate buyer in the future that he will pay a fortune to (change a bulb).

    • Day_Trader

      Wait guys, so, can this thing draw an image of my ex?

      • Bash

        LOL

      • TheHake

        Yes. It’s just a big cross.

  • Plutonium

    Next high tech item. Luxury seats with built in carseys (privvys) for extra comfort.

  • Bo Hanan

    How much and do I get a car with it?

  • Shahul Usman

    amazing tech.. will help for pedestrian crossing and info also when cars are autonomous.. you can see which way they are turning, going etc…

  • Alex AJ

    What about other drivers being blinded by these laser beams?? Today’s car lights are too bright! Yes, I’m sure it’s great when you’re driving all alone in the middle of nowhere, but what about the remaining 99.9% of the time?

    • Ermal Morina

      It is pretty good at recognizing pedestrians,incoming cars and even animals,soo blinding isn’t the problem.Do the research first…

      • THAT’S WHAT THEY SAY, REAL WORLD IS ANOTHER THING. PRETTY GOOD?

  • WATCH YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE WITHOUT TAKING YOUR EYES OFF THE ROAD. I WONDER IF THIS WOULD INTERFERE WITH OTHER DRIVERS SYMBOLS BEING PROJECTED ON THE ROAD IN AN INTERSECTION.

  • ChrisInIL

    Headlights are primarily meant to illuminate the roadway and surrounding area.

    If you block a lot of that light out to make, for example, a snowflake symbol, it defeats that primary purpose.

    This isn’t safer, it’s just “cooler”.

  • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

    Forza Horizon/Motorsport is now real.

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