Heated front windscreens - P2

I am finding that it is only Fords which fit these. A very old thread mentioned that this is because Ford hold the patent. Does anyone know if any other manufacturers currently fit them or have plans to?

I have one with my current Ford and it is a really useful feature on icy mornings and works very quickly. I'm surprised that the few other makes I've looked at don't include them. A bit more useful than the chrome plated gear knob that differentitates the higher spec models perhaps?

Heated front windscreens - HobbesFNM

I think they passed out of protection some time ago (or so I've been told). Skoda offer them as an option on the Octavia, so presumably they're available across the VAG range.

Unless they're just a bunch of wires rigged to look like they're heating the windscreen when under test, of course.

Heated front windscreens - Engineer Andy

It could be that Ford have allowed a limited number of cars in other makes to be fitted with the technology under licence.

Heated front windscreens - Smileyman

It's a desirable for winter, I'm surprised more manufacturers don't fit them - surely there are enough user choosers to make it worthwhile. Also, I might have my wires crossed here, in the past was there discussion about these windscreens affecting use of electronic devices, perhaps sat navs or dash cam location feature?

Heated front windscreens - RT

Ford allowed Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo to use it during their ownership - the patent has ended in Europe, but not in USA, so other brands in Europe can use the technology - my VW, now on order, will get one.

Heated front windscreens - focussed

I find it hard to believe that the concept of manufacturing a glass windscreen with embedded heating wires is actually currently patented.

What I remember as being registered is the trade or brand name "Quickclear" wasn't it?

Heated front windscreens - Happy Blue!

It's the concept of the front screen that was patented so the wires did not interfere with vision. However I recall a Mercedes 280SE from 1972 my father drove which had a rear screen which was identical to front heated screens today and worked far more effectively rear screens do now..fine embedded wires that cleared a screen in a single wide band rather than strips getting wider.

Heated front windscreens - Engineer Andy

Wow - that's a very short patent - the normal 20-year one would imply that the technology was available in 1995 or a bit earlier - I don't recall that being available on Fords until the early 2000s. Their loss I suppose.

Heated front windscreens - Bromptonaut

Wow - that's a very short patent - the normal 20-year one would imply that the technology was available in 1995 or a bit earlier - I don't recall that being available on Fords until the early 2000s. Their loss I suppose.

I'm fairly sure a secondhand Escort Ghia I looked at in 1989 had a heated front screen. Forecourt stock at a Ford dealership so probably 2 yrs old at the time.

Heated front windscreens - RobJP

Started to sell cars with this fitted in Europe in 1985, according to here :

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quickclear

Heated front windscreens - Falkirk Bairn

As well as heated windscreesn the Granad /Scorpio was the first car to have ABS fitted as standard. I will reprase that - the first mass produced car to be fitted with ABS as standard.

Heated front windscreens - Bolt

As well as heated windscreesn the Granad /Scorpio was the first car to have ABS fitted as standard. I will reprase that - the first mass produced car to be fitted with ABS as standard.

Yes and what a pain the wiring was, ford used to brag it had three and a half mile of cable in it. and a lot of screens were not sealed properly

Heated front windscreens - Engineer Andy

Wow - I must admit I didn't realise they appeared that early. You learn something new every day here (much more than in the DT Cars section). Cheers!

Heated front windscreens - daveyw

I honestly hope that this doesn't become standard with other cars; I recently drove a brand new Kuga and attempting to ignore the wiring and look past it was very difficult and distracting. A friend of mine drove the same car and he said it made him feel really carsick - obviously that's not something which would normally happen in the driver's seat.

Heated front windscreens - skidpan

The first car I had with a heated screen was a 1988 Caterham 7. Essential since the car has no heater/demister and with the hood up its like a sauna. My current 1992 caterham has one fitted.

We have also had heated screens on 3 Fords and personally I think they are brilliant. The only downside has been on foggy days when the elements can become a little iritating but its still better than a misty/frozen screen.

From memory the only car we bought that had a heated screen offered as an option was a 2005 Mini that the Mrs had. Would have loved to specify it but it only came as part as a mega expensive multi option pack.

If not standard but it was a reasonably priced option i would specify it on a factory order. But very few cars I but are factory orders, too tight for that.

Heated front windscreens - Bolt

I think some of the 1985 mk3 grannies had silver/zinc oxide coated film between the glass layers instead of wires, and worked faster and gave a tint to the glass

Got to admitt I only saw that on a couple of left hand drives, so not sure if we had them on RHD

 

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