If you are in the market for an option that utilizes the utmost safety features to deliver an amazing experience, unseen in any other vehicle, than look no further. The Mercedes-Benz stylish, sophisticated and luxurious Intelligent Light System is designed to impress even the most hard-to-please of car buyers.
Available as an option for the S class Mercedes-Benz, the purpose of the Intelligent Light System is to adjust as per the presence of strenuous or unmanageable weather, thus creating a safer environment for those in the car. This is similar to many other assist systems Mercedes-Benz has developed for their vehicles. The adaptive headlamp system will change when light and driving conditions change, such as in difficult weather conditions, and during dusk or night-time driving, providing additional light and more safety.
The variable headlamps that comprise the Intelligent Light System perform five functions: Curve illumination, cornering lights, enhanced fog-light function, two-stage motorway mode, and country mode (all of which are inclusive of the bi-xenon headlamps).
It was back in 2003 that Mercedes-Benz first offered curve illumination to the E-Class. This new design was able to brighten the carriageway, giving the driver the ability to see much further (up to 25 miles!) than with the traditional headlamps, which were dipped-beam.
All-in-all the driver is able to see an improvement of 90% in visibility when using this incredible feature. The curve illumination system is set up in such a way that the driver of the automobile does not need to fuss with anything to make it work. The electronic control unit is combined with the network within the vehicle, so information regarding speed, light conditions, and steering angle are continuously recorded, and real-time correct adjustments are made, regardless of whether the driver has the car in high-beam mode or low-beam mode.
The bi-xenon modules are therefore able to adhere to the driver’s steering, and can move toward the side the car is moving in the direction of a bend. In 2006, the headlamps were further improved with the introduction of a pivot of an additional 3° more than the previous model, making the headlamps rotate up to a whopping 15° on either side. Additionally, a new Adaptive High-beam Assist function formed part of this optional package.
In 2004, Mercedes-Benz introduced cornering lights to the C-Class, CLS-Class, and SLK-Class, then in mid-2006, it became part of the Intelligent Light System in the E-Class. The purpose of the cornering light system was to improve the safety of the vehicle’s passengers in tight bends and at crossings. It uses the bi-xenon headlamps and fog-lights to automatically illuminate the areas in front of the car over 30 meters, and at the sides as well. This function allows the driver to have a much clearer perspective of the road ahead.
Enhanced Fog Lights
The augmented fog light system continues their original task of distributing light over a broad area, with a primary intensity at the edge of the lane. Once the rear for lamp is turned on, as long as the car is not exceeding a speed of 70 km/hour (approximately 44 mph), then the augmented fog light function will be automatically activated. When the car gets to speeds that exceed 100 km/hour (62 mph) the function goes off again.
In this mode, up to 60% more visibility is possible in two stages. The motorway mode of the Intelligent Light System is switched on automatically when the vehicle reaches speeds of 90 km/hour (56 mph).
At more moderate paces, country mode is switched on, which takes the place of dipped-beam mode, and it offers radiancy and more thorough illumination of the carriageway.
Another great feature is that gas-discharge or incandescent lamps never need to be changed again, as the lifetime of these LED lights have a 10,000 hour lifespan, which is the car’s entire service life.
When things are lighter and brighter, the world not only looks like a better place, but it is also much safer, especially from behind the wheel. Although only about 20% of all driving takes place in the dark, an extraordinary 40% of more severe accident occur during the nighttime hours. The dark can be a menace, and needs to be combatted. With the Intelligent Light System, Mercedes-Benz technology has created an arduous adversary for dealing with this somewhat forbidding time for drivers.