The innovation, a first in the ambulance industry, is designed to provide enhanced working conditions inside the ambulance and offer additional patient privacy. The feature was unveiled today at the 2003 Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis.
The St. Paul, Minn.-based ambulance maker, a wholly owned subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc., is working with licensees of Research Frontiers Incorporated to bring SPD-Smart technology to the emergency rescue market for the first time.
"We welcome this additional capability to Road Rescue ambulances," said Chuck Drake, president of Road Rescue. "We're constantly searching for leading-edge technology that can be transferred to the emergency-rescue market to make the rescue worker's job easier and more effective. SPD-Smart Glass is one of these innovations, and we believe it will be another key differentiator as cities and townships look to upgrade their rescue vehicles."
SPD-Smart windows will allow ambulance crews to instantly and precisely control the shading of vehicle glass manually or automatically. Road Rescue's rear-door and side-patient compartment windows will be outfitted with the technology, increasing privacy inside the ambulance, helping control and block out excess heat from outside, and reducing glare so rescue workers can better focus on patients.
"We are confident that SPD-Smart windows will enhance the value of Road Rescue vehicles and will benefit both rescue workers and patients," said Joe Harary, president of Research Frontiers. "We look forward to seeing Road Rescue and our licensees work together to apply this innovation to the emergency rescue industry."