Glass seems to be the latest target for vehicle design and developments. Residential glass turning opaque at the flick of a switch has been around for a few years now, Honda recently developed and patented their instant tint windows at the swipe of a finger, but a new video display technology developed by an Israeli company could turn car windows into mobile advertising and information screens.
According to news agency Reuters, the Israeli tech start-up company “Gauzy” have produced an LCD screen called smart glass that could be used to display targeted and localised information via vehicle windows.
“This is actually the first time that a car window is no longer just a car window, it’s also a full-blown display that can be used for smart messaging,” Gauzy co-founder and CEO Eyal Peso stated.
It’s a pretty simple idea. Gauzy’s smart glass technology uses thin LCDs bonded to automotive safety glass and powered by a vehicle’s electrical system. Smart glass windows are clear when the car is running, but as soon as the key is turned off the windows turn opaque and become a high-definition display.
“That, for instance, can let passers-by know of nearby attractions, give you a lot of information. It’s location-based of course. The car knows where it’s at, so it can promote information that is related and relevant to the location,” said Peso.
Gauzy said that they are currently working with luxury automotive manufacturer Daimler, to develop Smart Glass for their vehicles.