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Smart glass makes splash at Consumer Electronics ShowBy: Claude Solnik January 10, 2017 0
Corning at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas displayed a futuristic concept car that features Research Frontiers’ SmartGlass panoramic roof and rear glass, just the latest example of smart glass in automobiles.
Research Frontiers said the car, with a large glass roof and curved rear glass, is made using SPD-SmartGlass light-control film laminated between Corning’s Gorilla Glass, a special chemically-strengthened thin and lightweight glass.
Research Frontiers CEO Joseph Harary said his firm’s smart glass, which transitions from transparent to opaque, “has become a major part of enhancing the driver and passenger experience through its safety, comfort and energy-saving benefits.”
While Corning’s product was essentially a showcase and a vision, Mercedes already has integrated Research Frontiers’ SPD-SmartGlass in its Magic Sky Control panoramic roof on the SLK Roadster – and various models.
Mercedes has put smart glass on five additional redesigned car models, including the SL Roadster in 2012, the S-Class Coupe in 2014, the S-Class Maybach in 2015 and flagship S-Class Sedan in 2016.
Automobile component supplier Continental Corp. at the Consumer Electronics Show last year showcased a demonstration vehicle with Research Frontiers’ product.
The vehicle, a Ford Mondeo station wagon, uses Research Frontiers’ SPD-SmartGlass technology to enable the glass in all 11 side and rear windows and in the sun visor portion of the windshield to darken instantly through electronic control signals.
“The benefits of SPD-SmartGlass technology will become even more important as cars become more connected, and the more prevalent electric and self-driving vehicles become,” Harary added.