The Geneva International Motor Show has displayed almost every automobile model produced, ever since steam-powered carriages of the early 1900s. But it is not only one of the world’s greatest auto salons; as Europe’s first major show of the year, Geneva also sets the tone for the rest of the year.
AGC Automotive Europe is supplying the rear window with built-in antennas for the eagerly awaited Mercedes-Benz E-Class. For the first time ever the European automotive branch of AGC has designed this technology entirely in-house, from the design and production of the glass to development of the antennas and incorporating them into the end product. The network of antennas which neatly blends with the defrosting elements comprises no fewer than eight different applications* covering the radio, television and operational requirements (such as RKE**) of the vehicle occupants.
AGC TO EXPAND SUPPLY SYSTEM OF COVER GLASS FOR CAR-MOUNTED DISPLAYS — AS THE INDUSTRY’S PIONEER, AGC IS RESPONDING TO STRONG DEMAND
AGC announced that it will strengthen its system to supply cover glass for car-mounted displays at its subsidiary AGC Display Glass Yonezawa Co., Ltd. to meet strong demand.
As reported in our December newsletter, AGC has developed new expertise in embedded antennas, bringing significant advantages to OEM customers. Driving this development is the proliferation of on-board communication equipment – such as 4G, GPS, Wi-Fi – and the continual search for efficiencies by car manufacturers.
In an interview for the Just-auto's magazine Antoine Luijkx of AGC Automotive Europe's Strategic Marketing department shared some key market and technical trends driving the auto glazing sector and how windows could become a screen for more infotainment in the self-driving car.
First seen at the Milan Design Week last year, Glascene is a revolutionary AGC transparent glass screen for projecting images. The big difference is that with Glascene the glass stays transparent when images are projected, creating a beautiful montage of floating images on a window – while keeping the full, uninterrupted view behind.
Self-driving cars may seem like a dream of the future, but much of the technology that supports the idea is already on the market. It’s called Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) – in-vehicle features which help the driver either avoid a crash (active safety) or reduce its impact (passive safety). Car manufacturers are packing more and more ADAS into their new models to help us drive smarter, and drive safer.
AGC’s ETFE Film looks and feels like a slightly thick, clear file folder for storing documents, but amazing functions are stored there. One of the functions that is most important is its light transmission. The light transmission of the ETFE Film is surprisingly more than 90%, while the light transmission of ordinary glass is in the 80% range. Moreover, the ETFE Film is lighter than glass, and highly resistant to soil. Because of this, the film is easy to use as a construction material, and also easy to maintain. As well the film’s high transmission rate enables fine adjustment and diffusion of light, which creates fantastic lighting decoration.
AGC EARNS THE SKIN CANCER FOUNDATION’S SEAL OF RECOMMENDATION FOR AUTOMOTIVE WINDOWS IN ALL DIRECTIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE WORLD
AGC has earned The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation, an international symbol
As we communicate more and more from our cars (4G, Wi-Fi, GPS, remote functions, etc.) the number of antennas needed on board is sky-rocketing. And where’s the best place to put all these antennas? …In the glass, of course! That’s why AGC has been working to perfect the design, testing and production of advanced glass-embedded antennas.