The new EQS under the magnifying glass: Active Ambient Lighting

OverviewThe 15 biggest innovations”The EQS is a milestone on the way to CO2-neutrality”Interesting facts & figures”Linking intelligence and emotion”Interesting facts & figuresThe transformers: thinking of tomorrow todayInnovative aesthetics in unmistakable purpose designEmbarking on the new era of purpose designThe EQS: Experience for all the sensesHere comes the new world record holderGentleperson of the new schoolNo cable reaches this farThe whispering class for the earsPowerful cell chemistry meets intelligent softwareFurther reducing the carbon footprint with green powerAlways connectedBecause the shortest route is not always the fastestActivating new functions after buying a new carConsistent digitisation and borrowings from interior design”The MBUX Hyperscreen is both the brain and nervous system of the car”Zero-layer design: the most important thing is now only one click awayWelcome to the big in-car showBetween comfortable tranquillity and an interactive, sensuous sound experienceQuick learner thanks to AIHEPA filter against airborne pollutantsAcoustic oases with summer rain, seagull sounds and rustling leavesHe who calls for silenceEfficient use of waste heat from the powertrainVirtual surround sound and extensive sound personalisationEmotive animations, colour feedback and additional visual warningsGreat suspension and ride comfort paired with high driving dynamicsThe rear wheels also steer as standardHigh-resolution light projection with innovative assistance functionsIntelligent support while drivingEasy entry into confined parking spaces and narrow entrancesUse your time in the car more effectively and conveniently have it park and unparkAccident protection is not a question of the powertrain concept

Active Ambient Lighting (optional extra) in the interior makes it possible to experience which electric driving mode the EQS is currently in: Driving, the boost process and energy recovery are impressively staged with the help of around 190 LEDs. In addition, Active Ambient Lighting is integrated into the driver assistance systems and can visually support their warnings. Colour feedback is possible when operating the climate control system or the 'Hey Mercedes' voice assistant, for instance. The ENERGIZING COMFORT programs are also visually supported.

The light band of Active Ambient Lighting, comprising around 190 LEDs, is located above the louvre trim element. Along the doors it continues into the rear. When switched off, a matt white line is visible. When Active Ambient Lighting is switched on, a clearly defined strip of light appears as if from nowhere - an extraordinary experience even during the day.

The individual light sources, which are controlled in real time, stage fluid presentations. For example, the welcome scenario shows a running light when entering the vehicle. Within the luminous line, different colour gradients are possible in addition to the 64 individual colours. This makes electric driving also a visual experience: Driving, boosting and energy recovery as well as the different charging states of the EQS are impressively presented.

As an additional contribution to accident prevention, Active Ambient Lighting integrates driver assistance systems and supports them with an animation. Active Brake Assist, for example, warns drivers of the risk of a collision by illuminating the instrument panel in red. With Active Blind Spot Assist, a red light in the door also signals a hazardous situation.

The MBUX voice assistant also comes to life visually and recognizes the position of the person speaking. Active Ambient Lighting signals, for example, that the system is waiting for a voice input.

Active Ambient Lighting is also integrated into the ENERGIZING COMFORT programs. In the Warmth program, for example, the perceptible warmth of the seat, steering wheel and surface heating is accompanied by warm orange-red animations of screen and ambient lighting. In the Vitality program, Active Ambient Lighting radiates a pink-red lighting mood throughout the interior.

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