Silver Arrows Marine and Mercedes-Benz partner to launch new yacht with SPD-SmartGlass

16 November 2015 (Last Updated November 16th, 2015 18:30)

Silver Arrows Marine and Mercedes-Benz Style have partnered to build a new yacht using SPD-SmartGlass.

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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."

"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.