Sun visors, an almost 100-year-old automotive concept, have not evolved greatly in decades. However, Grupo Antolin, as supplier of these parts, says it is working on a solution that it hopes will revolutionize the look and functionally of these unassuming components.
The company has reimagined the sun visor and has come out with a fresh take – a retractable sun visor that is stowed behind the headliner substrate until needed and can be deployed or retracted either manually or via a motorized function.
By hiding the vizors in the headline, the company claims that greater possibilities are created for interior design. It notes that the design of the visors can also be optimized to either improve ergonomics or reduce costs; for example, the use of thinner visors cuts down on material usage and thus manufacturing costs.
Grupo Antolin notes that that stowing the visors in the headlining also makes it easier to fulfil the demands of the head impact test ECE21, which seeks to eliminate potential head impact points between the headliner and the driver’s straight ahead position.
According to the company, the visor’s design is a fully modular solution that can be mounted in the substrate and delivered as a modular headliner or supplied as a separated component.