Scheduled to launch on international markets during 2011 Toyota has designed a technologically advanced glass that will be used in many upcoming models. According to recent reports, "Toyota has invented an innovative glass technology that claims to reduce ultraviolet (UV) light penetration into the front of the car by approximately 99 per cent". Yes, not only does a company like Toyota care about your miles per gallon, and safety, but they even want to protect you from skin cancer!
"Combined with UV-reducing windscreens, the use of the new front-door glass will result in an approximate 99 per cent reduction in overall UV penetration through the front-door windows and windscreen. Toyota estimates that the resulting sunburn protection is equivalent to that of wearing gloves while driving."
The laminated glass reduces UV rays through the use of a blocking film between two sheets of glass, applied in the lamination process. Door windows, however, generally use single-piece tempered glass that is often instilled with UV-absorbing material to achieve approximately 89 per cent UV protection.
For the new front-door glass technology, interior side of the window glass has been surfaced with a high-performance UV-absorbing film.
For now, check out the latest in Toyota tech at Toyota of North Charlotte - 13429 Statesville Road Huntersville, NC 28078.