The increasing Size & Slope of automobile’s A-Pillars in the last 15-20 years have created a new blind-spot - Forward of the Driver.
This has come with the new measures for protecting the passenger cell, extending the forward Crumple Zones, this extends the Dashboard, increasing a shallow slope of a car’s A-Pillar; which does aid in aerodynamics - promoting fuel efficiency. The A-Pillar therefore needs to be thickened to provide the strength creating the blind-spot.
This blind-spot can be attributed to a 20% of all traffic accidents classified as Looked But Failed To See (LBFTS), attributed to cars built in the last 20 years - according to the UK Dept. For Transport (DFT).
Volvo’s Safety Car Concept addressed this issue, but the production C30 did not.
Toyota’s FT-86 Concept addressed this, the production FR-S did not.
Kia’s GT4 Concept addressed this...where is it?
Composite Windshield frame fastened to chassis. Made from Carbon Fiber / Carbon Plastic to produce the strength needed at a much more reduced mass. Engineering certain chassis elements from materials some consider exotic, but only for their performance benefit in an application.
Concept Composite Windshield Frame Applied to a mid 2000s Ford Focus chassis (EU) Chosen for its very high safety rating & best selling record.