Silver Arrows Marine and Mercedes-Benz Style have partnered to build a new yacht using SPD-SmartGlass.
Called the ARROW460 Granturismo, the new yacht will feature an SPD-SmartGlass electronically dimmable roof supplied by Research Frontiers.
According to the company, the roof can be electrically raised, creating a glass pergola effect on the yacht while offering superior light and heat protection at the touch of a button.
Deliveries of the first production batch of the new yacht are planned to start in early 2016.
The project aims to offer the luxury, design features and quality of Mercedes-Benz vehicles into a yacht, thereby enhancing comfort for passengers.
Silver Arrows Marine has selected Vision Systems to equip the motor yacht.
Vision Systems CEO Carl Putman said: "The complete systems with electronically dimmable windows are breakthrough solutions in the marine market.
"By exploring new concepts, Silver Arrows Marine revolutionises the yacht industry with never-before-seen innovations and never-before-lived on-board experience."
The new yacht will have an overall length of about 14.17m and a beam length of roughly 3.97m with the capacity to displace approximately 13.63t.
Currently, Research Frontiers’s Magic Sky Control is being offered for five Mercedes-Benz vehicles including the SLK, SL, S-Class Coupe, Maybach S600 and most recently S-Class sedan.
The glass takes up over 150% of the entire roofline. The roof has been designed to block UV and infrared rays and can additionally change its transparency from light to dark.
The SPD-Smart light-control technology facilitates the clients to instantly, precisely and uniformly control the shades of glass or plastic, either manually or automatically.
Image: A rendering of the Silver Arrows ARROW460 Granturismo ‘glass pergola’ using SPD-SmartGlass. Photo: courtesy of Research Frontiers.