Toyota City, Japan – Toyota has announced a new windshield and front door glass that reduces ultraviolet (UV) penetration by approximately 99 per cent. The company said that it will be the world’s first to use the glass when it launches in the new Vitz in Japan at the end of this year.
Toyota estimates that the sunburn protection from the glass is equivalent to that of wearing gloves while driving.
Windshields, which use laminated glass, can be given approximately 99 per cent UV reduction performance by inserting a UV-blocking film between two sheets of glass in the laminating process. Car door windows generally use a single piece of tempered glass that is often imbued with a UV-absorbing material to achieve approximately 89 per cent UV protection. The glass in the Vitz has been surfaced with a high-performance UV-absorbing film to achieve the approximately 99 per cent UV reduction performance.