We’ve already caught a glimpse of the future Mercedes SLK featuring the brand’s new Magic Sky Control system with a spy shot captured a little over a week ago, and although finally seeing the technology cleared up the questions we had about its aesthetics, the whole technology part is still a little unclear. In an attempt to part the clouds of uncertainty, Mercedes has released a series of images that they are hoping will explain this phenomenon.
Magic Sky Control is in fact a transparent glass roof that can be darkened on demand in a matter of seconds. It’s like the transitional lenses people wear that go from clear to dark when stepping out into the sun. It works by using electrically-governed particles that shift to allow only a certain amount of UV light into the car. The technology is said to help keep away UV and infrared rays and can reduce the 1,000 watts per square meter into a measly 50-200 watts. Bringing that shade to the interior of the vehicle should make for quite a pleasant driving experience during those warm, sunny days.
The images provided by Mercedes include results from testing performed on the new Magic Sky technology. The tests were done at temperatures higher that 50 degrees Celsius in the shade, and, with an open roof, the load from the sun in the heat of Death Valley reached 1000 to 1100 W per square meter. With the transparent glass roof it dropped to 200 W, and when the roof was switched to darkened mode with MAGIC SKY CONTROL, it dropped to 40 to 50 W – 1/20th of the original value.
Don’t get too excited though; the Magic Sky Control doesn’t come cheap. The price for this technology is an extra 2,000 euro ($2,700 at the current exchange rates) on top of the base price for the car.
Press release after the jump.