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Auto makers turn to smart glass

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Smart glass technologies are driving change in many industries, none more than the automotive sector. The ability to control different forms of light and alter the functionality of glass is helping auto designers move ahead in at least three different areas: autonomous vehicles, noise reduction, and sustainability.

Firstly, autonomous technology leaves occupants with more time on their hands, so designers are concentrating on the in-car experience. Smart glass can play a big role here: it has the ability to transform car interiors into entertainment hubs, enhance or block the connection between passengers and the outside world, and use windows as dynamic new forms of communication.

Noise reduction is an ongoing battle for auto constructors and as the passenger experience evolves, it will become even more important. Smart glass can help passengers relax, sleep or work in peace. Paired with almost-silent electric vehicles (EV), smart glass will set new standards for sound reduction.

Vehicle sustainability is the top priority and heavy R&D investment in green technologies will continue to skyrocket. Smart glass will play its part here too: it significantly reduces vehicle interior temperature, increasing in-car comfort and reducing the airco load. This can boost EV driving range by more than 5% and cut combustion engine CO2 emissions by 4 g/km.