Do you drive a Volkswagen with wear safety vest? Then the chance is great that your car is equipped with discs from Security. You do not care? Since we have a problem! Saint-Gobain Security is one of the three largest suppliers in the world and market leader in Europe, but hardly a car driver takes the company and its products was so right. But this is about to change: the French manufacturer invited European auto journalists to his Paris factory to report on the latest trends and developments according to the motto: "Our products play a big role for drivers, but none is aware of this.” We were there for you.
911 Target with glass roof from France
Saint-Gobain Security calls itself an innovation leader: The panoramic windshields in the new Citroën Picasso or the Opel Astra GTC come from the company as well as the Panorama in the Peugeot-Kombis or the Porsche 911 Target. And for Ferrari were equipped with a darkened glass roof for the first time. The special model Ferrari 612 Scarlatti Essential presented this year on the occasion of the 60th company anniversary carries a further development of the electro chromic glass roof.
Thermal glass promotes well-being
But what has the normal driver of all this? It can increase comfort and well-being in the car when, for example, it orders the heat glass offered as a supplementary option. The silver reflective material layer in the windshields prevents a large portion of the energy transmission from sunshine into the car interior - the car heats up less. In addition, indoor materials are less bleached and you can save up to three percent energy, because the air conditioning system has to run less. Even the very dark "privacy" glass, which can only be used for the rear side windows and the rear windows, contributes to thermal insulation.
Film heated windshields
A new technology has now been used in heated front windows: while micro-wires have hitherto disturbed the visibility - particularly at night with light from the opposite traffic - a full-surface metal layer is used which prevents the ice from thawing in winter and prevents the sun from heating up.
Acoustic glass for music lovers
For music lovers or intensive users of the hands-free system an acoustic glazing is recommended, with three foils between the two glass panes, one of them the "Noise damping" layer. In the current BMW 5 series, for example, noise in the frequency range from 2,000 to 7,000 hertz is reduced by up to five decibels, which is roughly twofold. In this way, the occupants can be better entertained or the announcements of the navigation device can be heard well. With acoustic glass roofs, unpleasant rain sounds are reduced by up to ten decibels.
Laminated glass also in the sides
In most cars, only the front page is made of laminated glass - this is required by law, since it cannot splinter. This is different in the case of side and rear windshields. In the case of larger vehicles, however, laminated glass is increasingly also offered for the side windows. This means that no motorcycle ripper in reflective vest can just hit the window at the car waiting before the traffic light, grab the handbag or the camera in the back seat, and break away. And at Saint, we tried it out in a workshop: to go through a laminated glass pane takes so much time and energy that the fewest thieves do not. Security services have a special tool for the rescue of enclosed vehicle occupants after an accident, which Security does not like to show. In the USA, by the way, it was found that there would be less traffic if the cars had the composite glass all around, because then in an accident no limbs can stand out.