Showroom January/February 2022


Eastman Ups the Immersion

Eastman has launched Saflex® Horizon LVID PVB interlayers to improve the performance of new generations of HUD systems. Saflex Horizon LVID is a next-generation, wedge HUD interlayer for automotive laminated glass. Enhanced sheet optics reduce localized and dynamic ghosting for larger field-of-view (FOV) and augmented reality HUD systems, according to the company.

New-generation HUD systems will bring more information to the driver’s attention by enlarging the FOV size. This is achieved by extending the virtual image distance from today’s range of two to three meters to distances from four to seven and a half meters.

These new systems ultimately provide real-time vital information, such as advanced driver assistance system alerts and route guidance by overlaying dynamic graphics with real-world objects. Aspects of the cabin can also be improved by combining Saflex Horizon LVID interlayers with other Saflex interlayers, such as Saflex Acoustic and Saflex Solar, to reduce additional driver distractions like cabin noise or solar heat gain.


AirPro’s ADAS Advancements

AirPro Diagnostics, a provider of remote diagnostics, scanning, programming and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) calibration solutions, is improving its AirPro Diagnostic Assist System.

The system is a web-based workflow built to help shops navigate repair planning, diagnostics and calibrations, according to the company. The platform allows users to identify and locate ADAS systems on a vehicle at intake, providing an accurate repair plan and a smoother overall customer experience. AirPro says it is enhancing the service by becoming a remote diagnostic provider that offers test drive/dynamic systems verification integrated directly into its workflow.

Glass Claims

NCS Counters Fraud with AI

Neural Claim System (NCS) has debuted software that it says can identify fraud—including fraud by policyholders or glass vendors who “use a sharpie to exaggerate” damage.

NCS’s platform speeds up repair and replacement decisions, minimizes costly errors and allows the user to complete the process at their convenience. What once took one to two days, can now be completed in minutes with NCS. In both U.S. and International Patent Pending, the NCS platform classifies glass damage with submission of photographs, then determines the type of work required to repair the damage, and selects necessary parts.

NCS also indicates whether Advanced Driver Assistance Systems calibration is required after the repair. The NCS platform’s ability to decide repair or replace and accurate part selection will help the bottom line of auto glass shops and improve customer service, according to the company.

In the U.S., 20-25% of windshield replacements require calibration services, and the growing trend of glass features and federal mandates will only increase that percentage. Neural Claim System was built in coordination with Neutron Technologies of Phoenix.

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