Mercedes has quietly announced plans to introduce their new Active Multibeam LED headlights later this year.

Details are scarce but Mercedes says the headlights will have a situation-based control system which will take lighting technology into a "new dimension."

The system will work by turning on individual LED lighting diodes to ensure improved targeting and better light distribution. Since the system uses a camera to calculate the ideal light pattern 100 times per second, Mercedes says the pattern can be changed "extremely quickly and unobtrusively."

According to Mercedes Research and Development Director Thomas Weber, "With Active Multibeam LED, the headlamps are able to react even more quickly and individually to changing traffic conditions. On top of this there are extended functions of which a driver will become directly aware, such as anticipatory cornering detection in the case of the active light function. With such features Mercedes-Benz is continuing to extend its pioneering role in the automotive lighting sector."

Note: Mercedes CLS pictured for illustration purposes

Gallery: Mercedes announces Active Multibeam LED headlights, debut later this year

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