Continental presents windows that can be tinted at will
Although the company is specialized in tires, Continental also works on other areas of the car such as windows. Having improved the head-up display on the windshields of the vehicles, the German giant is now focusing on the side windows, which also have their part to play.
This technology is not entirely new, as it is already used by some Mercedes convertibles under the name Magic Sky Window. The degree of opacity of the glass can vary, allowing you to completely insulate yourself from the sun. The difference lies in the fact that the system created by Continental is applied to the side windows and not just the sunroof.
The technology works as follows: a piece of suspended paint particles and liquid crystals is placed between two thin sheets of glass. By applying a low electricity voltage to the layers, these paint particles will align with the liquid crystals, thus varying the opacity of the glass.
This technology, now applied to the side windows, will further reduce the use of air conditioning in summer, which will naturally improve fuel consumption in hot weather. The first series production model to receive this system will be the future BMW iNext electric SUV, which will see the light of day in 2021.
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