Is it clean and can I, therefore, see through it? The side window on our car got that much attention back in the day. Now, according to reports from The Drive, MUCH more than”clean or dirty” is about to be required of the humble side window on the buggy in the garage. Green Prophet reports that Israel’s Gauzy has invented smart glass. This revolutionary new glass has tremendous potential for automotive use.
The setup is similar to the regular safety surface in today’s car windows. Juiced by the electrical system in the car, the high-tech glass looks just like a regular window. That is when the car is on. The side windows turn into HD screens only at the engine shutdown.
Interestingly enough, the first automobile badge to get smart glass tech could be Smart. Gauzy is working with Daimler (Smart’s manufacturer) to develop the real-life applications of the futuristic technology.
How would the average motorist use smart glass? Instant access to all things informational would be at the operator’s command, and monetization would be possible through billboard potential.
Gauzy has already experienced success in smart glass tech. In-home applications have proved successful in a refrigerator glass.
Founded in 2009 by CEO Eyal Peso, Gauzy is committed to revolutionizing the glass industry by introducing glass products that control the light passing through. The move into the automotive glass world will be a huge step toward the realization of Peso’s’ goal.
For the near term, research and development money isn’t going to be an issue for the innovative outfit. The United Kingdom’s Sollange Investments has agreed to invest 4,000,000 in the 20-employee company, with the money used to build a lab in Israel. That’s where they will develop and manufacture the all-important liquid crystal base.
Gildshire Magazines will soon ride in a rolling billboard with glass that is now clear, then opaque. There may not even be a driver behind the wheel. We remember being happy if the side window would keep the rain off of our faces. We never imagined the potential to announce local attractions and advertise Joe’s Repair Shop.