Innovations in Auto Glass

Having the opportunity to run a franchise company in the auto sector has been quite an interesting job indeed. During my time as the CEO of The Car Wash Guys we ran a small team of researchers who gathered industry information from where ever we could find it. One of the most interesting new inventions we found was remarkable.

Let’s discuss some new innovations in Auto Safety, which are currently in the news. One interesting invention we found to be interesting, as we have studied Ultra-Sonic Mini-Blind Cleaning as an add-on market for our Window Washing company is the HUD; Heads up Displays which can be projected onto the windshield of a vehicle and the de-ice units using focused frequencies that break up the ice as you drive. When ice forms on your windshield you cannot see anything and are 50 times more likely to hit something.

Now then before we start discussing this newest technology, let us talk about some of our previous discussions on this inter-related subject. HUD displays in racing, human computer interface and other uses.

This is happening as predicted: OSRAM supplies LEDs for BMW head-up display Compound Semiconductor – Bristol, UK The display can be programmed and is easy to read day or night in all conditions thanks to an Osram light sensor which automatically adjusts the brightness.

Now then lets discuss the issues of this newest technology, which has to do with clean windshields and getting rid of ice as you drive or off your car without scraping. And I suggested that we integrate all these systems into the SmartVehicle System with net-centric sensors a de-icing unit using high frequency bursts. A temperature system for controlling cabin comfort has a sensor on the windshield. Then disperses this other system. Depending on the frequency used to free the ice, it shouldn’t interfere with electronics. And how about the cross over applications to Private Jets, Airlines and Military for the HUD displays? Here is the Press Release Describing this technology:

“Ice Surface Development, Inc. Ice surface Development, Inc. (ISDI) is a development company, focused on Ice Technology. Our mission is to increase the value of our principal asset — the rights to Ice Technology developed by Dr. Victor Petrenko and owned by Dartmouth University. Our strategy for improving the value of this technology is by further advancing the proof-of concept for specific, high value applications. ISDI owns the exclusive rights to this extremely valuable and innovative technology for all motorized, land based vehicles world-wide. The applications ISDI is developing will improve the driving experience for industrial, commercial and consumer vehicle users by reducing safety risks, increasing productivity and eliminating the hassle of ice removal and loss of traction. The most significant applications include: de-icing of glass surfaces, and improving the grip of tires to ice and snow. The market is already showing considerable interest in de-icing. A J.D. Power and Associates report on emerging automotive technologies released this February 20, 2002 states:

“Heated windshield (windscreen) glass garners the highest interest among European consumers. Nearly 90 percent of consumers express strong interest in the feature, which evenly clears away ice, snow and frost from the front windshield within three minutes, improving visibility. Heated windshield glass was also well received by U.S. consumers, however, not to the same extent as by the Europeans.”

Our technology can actually outperform the hypothetical, emerging technology described to the over 6,000 participants in this study. Increased tire adhesion is an even newer, more revolutionary concept that will follow de-icing. ISDI has joined forces with the best expertise from the relevant disciplines to move these applications forward. We are also in active discussions with a handful of interested strategic investors to help us execute our financial strategy. The essence of the strategy is to advance the development within a time frame of relatively high shareholder returns. We believe this point will be reached for de-icing when we have completed sufficient prototyping work to demonstrate in very specific applications the functional, cost and industry safety requirements. This process is well underway. Our plan also calls for tire adhesion applications to follow by about 6 months. In this application we anticipate scaling up our 1/3 scale lab model to a full sized prototype and testing it in a larger variety of adverse conditions. Altering Ice adhesion – starting with de-icing Dr. Petrenko of Dartmouth, the world’s foremost expert on ice technology, has discovered how to radically alter the adhesion of ice to conductive surfaces, either increasing or decreasing depending on the application. In the de-icing example above, the initial action, 1, is to deliver a low energy electric impulse to the glass surface creating within a few seconds a non-adhesive barrier between the ice and glass.

The second action, 2, the dispersal of the ice, occurs immediately — creating an ice free surface. Our principal near term objective is to establish these de-icing applications for autos/trucks — including windshields, side and rear windows, external mirrors, headlights, wipers and perhaps bodies. In the above diagram, demonstrating our High Frequency Approach, the technology de-ices surfaces in 0°C to -30°C temperature range. Power requirements range from 0.25 kw/m2 to 4 kw/m2 depending on temperature and wind speed (up to 200mile/h). In low-wind conditions this de-icer keeps protected surfaces unfrozen at a power rate of 0.25 kw/ m2 to 0.3kw/m2. (These power requirements are well within a standard automobile power supply). The net effect is to initially de-ice and then maintain ice-free conditions for drivers, improving safety, convenience and driver/equipment productivity. Improving Tire Grip Our other significant application is improving the grip of tires on ice or snow. Again, this application of the technology has been proven in the lab, and is supported by a 1/3 scale prototype and testing rig, with an example of test data to the left indicating the increase in effective friction when power is applied. The adhesion of tires to ice have been magnified by as much as 20-fold, providing a grip on ice similar to asphalt or concrete.”