Boffins cook up transparent solar car roof
OLED tech goes opaque at the flick of a switch
Like the idea of a car that has the all-round clear viewing of a convertible but doesn't let the rain in? Philips and chemicals giant BASF are working on the basis for just such a notion, using OLED technology.
The two companies have created an OLED roof panel that's transparent when turned off. Turn it on and the panel generates just enough light to stop anyone looking in or out, and not to dazzle anyone in the vehicle.
BASF has been working with Philips on this kind of interior lighting for some time. What the two have done now is to add a solar cell layer into the panel, allowing it to generate electricity during the day, even when it is transparent.
They imagine the roof being transparent during the day. In the dark, the OLED illuminates and shuts out the night.
Unfortunately, the full roof version is some way off. BASF and Philips have been working on a small panel prototype - hence the structure of the concept car roof developed by BASF and Smart, shown above. ®
Wrong way round
I would much rather it blocked out that overbright fusion reactor during the day and let me see the stars at night.
Peachy - will fit with modern car stereos
Peachy - yet another thing making the cockpit of my car brighter than the night around it. That will go well with all the flashing blue LEDs in the speakers, the radio that, inexplicably, runs an animation of a dolphin breaching all the time on the display, the satnav display.
No wonder everybody feels the need to run their brights all the time, along with their fog lights - they CAN'T SEE otherwise.
The one with the roll of masking tape in the pocket.
Will I get sunburn on me bald heid if I drive about in daylight?