Tesla patents a sunroof with electric tinting, integrated lighting
On Monday, April 29, electronic vehicle (EV) news site Electrek discovered a Tesla patent for a sunroof that electronically tints and is integrated with its own lighting system. While both sunroof features are not new technologies, putting them together is.
According to the patent, which refers to this combined technology as an “advanced sunroof lighting system,” a controller would be used to “control whether the tint layer is tinted” as well as “control the brightness and/or color in the lights.”
The collection of LEDs to be integrated into the sunroof is described as having varying emissions spectra; this would allow the system to emit a wide range of color. Furthermore, the patent states that the lights would be configured in such a way to produce an even distribution of light throughout the vehicle cabin.
The patent explained that a driver could use this feature, for example, when driving in the morning to let a particular amount of natural light into the cabin by controlling the tint level.
Of course, this technology has simply been patented for now. Tesla did not comment on the sunroof nor its potential development, though it would certainly be a useful one. CE/JB
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