Nippon Sheet Glass Co. has developed special glass for automobiles that can block not only short-wavelength ultraviolet rays, which burn the skin’s surface, but also long-wavelength ultraviolet rays, which damage deeper parts underneath the skin.
That feature of the material will help prevent wrinkles and skin cancer caused by ultraviolet rays, company officials said.
The company is in talks with automakers to sell the glass and is looking to have the material adopted in at least five car models by 2020.
According to Nippon Sheet Glass, ultraviolet ray-blocking glass for automobiles has become common mainly in mini-vehicles because many female drivers, who typically dislike tans, prefer that type of car.
The market for anti-ultraviolet ray glass has doubled each year over the last five years. That type of window glass is currently used in about half of all new cars including mini-vehicles.
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