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Mercedes-Benz ESF 2009


Shedding Light on Safety

ESF 2009.

A TECHNOLOGY demonstration loaded with futuristic systems, the Mercedes-Benz ESF 2009, here at Mercedes headquarters on its way to Germany last month to off an array of passenger- and pedestrian-protection The features included experimental like active door virtual crumple zones and a Bag that inflates under the rather than inside, to scrub off speed when a is imminent.

What was perhaps most though, was a system designed to drivers to see at night. Mercedes its new adaptive LED headlight system not only help drivers pedestrians and animals in the dark, but prevent drivers from one another on the road.

Just as the added to new flat-panel LCD televisions can be to rapidly turn on and off, engineers have shown headlamps containing hundreds of can be programmed to selectively switch units on and off. This some interesting possibilities.

In the ESF 2009, the company has coupled a camera with computer LED headlamps. Far infrared cameras can a driver, for instance, that a is ahead in the darkness, but such cannot illuminate the animal in a shadowy heads-up display. So uses the information from its camera to detect warm-blooded that are beyond the view of headlights.

It then aims a beam of from the LED headlamps at the object. The is similar to someone suddenly a spotlight on a pedestrian or deer by the of the road, immediately bringing it to the attention.

Mercedes-Benz ESF 2009

Of course too much can be as much of a danger as darkness, when it is coming from a of headlights bearing down on

“So the headlights can also be to put a black hole around a said Michael Fehring, manager of the ESF 2009.

This is how it when the infrared video senses an approaching vehicle, the system not only switches the LED from high beams to low but also dims the light might blind the oncoming while still illuminating the of the road. Essentially, this a cone of darkness around the vehicle until it passes.

LEDs are already used for the and running lights on many but as headlights they are still an feature. They were seen in caviar-class vehicles the Audi R8 sports car, or in showcases like the top-of-the-line Prius V model. So you can expect it be some time as in several before even more LED systems like the one in the Mercedes ESF are affordable enough for mainstream sedans.

Mercedes-Benz ESF 2009
Mercedes-Benz ESF 2009

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