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Commentary: How advancements in vehicle engineering create an avalanche of new choices

Sep 20, 2017 | In the News

By Peter Gold

Pioneering advancements in vehicle engineering have a commonality in both method and device to provide new knowledge and allow new utility. Examples include the tubeless tire, air conditioning, laminated safety glass, tempered safety glass, urethane adhesives, reflective tape … and the list goes on and on. These advancements are the foundation from which new choices originate from, and the basic building blocks for variations to occur.

For example, the use of urethane adhesive to join a laminated or tempered glass such as a windshield or back glass of a motor vehicle did away with, in certain cases, more than 50 separate exterior and interior parts, along with significant weight reductions occurring, and most importantly added structural integrity to the vehicle and new protection for the vehicle occupants. So successful was the pioneering advancement of urethane in the application of vehicle glass systems that it reduced the cost of a vehicle’s glass applications by an amazing 95 percent!

To have a successful advancement requires that the want, need, desire and reward must all be timed perfectly to overcome all the negatives with positives. The positives include universal application, parts and labor reductions, weight reductions, accident avoidance to reduce exposure to liability issues, profit margins, etc.

My current work in a new discipline I refer to a Vehicle Door Accident Avoidance System is a pioneering advancement that I believe will create an avalanche of new choices that will allow vehicle drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and even autonomous vehicles to see, be seen, and prevent nighttime accidents that are often fatal.

Peter Gold is the inventor and CEO of Inview Vehicle Trim. For more information, please visit www.inviewvehicletrim.com.

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