The Future Now.
The Volvo Concept Estate would be an ideal vehicle to utilize developing technology by General Motors Research and the students from the FUTURE LAB at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel. The idea behind this was to conceptualize new ways to help rear seat passengers, particularly children, have a richer experience on the road.
The project was inspired by studies indicating car passengers often feel disconnected from their environment especially during long family trips. GM asked the Bezalel students to turn car windows into interactive displays capable of stimulating engagement that fostered curiosity and encouraged a stronger connection with the world outside the vehicle. The idea was to create advanced windows capable of responding to vehicle speed and location that could augment real world views with interactive enhancements to provide entertainment and educational value. If such interactive windows were put into automotive production they likely would use electronically charged “smart glass” technology, which is capable of variable states of translucence and transparency, and can reflect projected images. Smart glass is increasingly used in architectural and display applications, rarely seen in cars. Photovoltaics or “smart glass” technology would only be able to be used on the vehicles side windows as it could not transition fast enough to clear as needed in the windshield, and this technology would have to fail to a clear state.
The future is exciting and the possibilities seem to be endless for innovative uses in in glazing. With the rapid development of mobile apps and the readymade substrate of glass, I cannot wait to see the new world technology comingling with the old school design.
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