One of the technological developments that Patrick and I talked about in this conversation was how much better and stronger glass has been getting lately. Window pains have gone from flat transparencies that shatter into fragments if you so much as nudge them to giant hi-tech heat and light control systems that you can drop a car on without damage to anything but the car.
Soon, it would appear, we will be able to alter these membranes (membrains?) for ourselves, at any rate when travelling by bus:
Think user-controlled Transitions lenses, but for automobiles. Got it? If so, then you’ve got a pretty decent idea of what makes Hino Motor’s concept motorcoach - which was being shown off at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show - unique. Developed by Research Frontiers, the SPD-Smart technology covering those expansive panels there on your right “allows vehicle occupants to instantly, precisely and uniformly control the amount of sunlight, glare and heat passing through the windows, sunroofs and other glazings.” Additionally, it blocks over 99-percent of harmful UV radiation and can be darkened or lightened with the press of a button. ...
Cool. Literally, if cool is what you want.