2017 Honda Odyssey : Innovative Acoustic Windshield

January 14 2020

There is a continuous desire on the part of vehicle owners and manufacturers to achieve great comfort when traveling, which can be enhanced with making vehicle interiors quieter. This translates into a reduction in noise, vibration, and harshness. Various conducted tests on vehicles have shown that noise is a factor transmitted by way of the glazing and originates from a variety of sources. These may include noise created by the environment and from other vehicles, as well as road noise and vibration. Add to this fluctuation caused by air pressure against the windshield when traveling at high speeds on the highway and air rushing against the edges of a vehicle’s body paneling. An acoustic windshield installed for instance integrated into the 2017 Honda Odyssey will also help counteract noise and vibration transmitted via the body structure.

One obvious method of noise reduction is the installing of thicker glass, but while this may marginally improve the noise reduction, it also increases the weight of the vehicle with resultant economy related consequences! However, vehicle manufacturers such as Honda, have invested considerable time and resources in this issue and the developments achieved will be displayed in the 2017 Honda Odyssey.

New Concepts

The new Honda acoustic windshield is a concept that can generally improve the motoring experience and which is available in the latest 2017 Honda Odyssey and other vehicle models. There has been a wide range of speculation regarding the materials utilized in this product. Various theories include its manufacturing from vinyl, with the advantage of improved “acoustic-damping” benefits.

As automotive engineers attempt to reduce the noise without negatively affecting the weight factor, the concept of acoustic windshields such as fitted to the 2017 Honda Odyssey, becomes, even more, the obvious future solution for all vehicles! The acoustic windshield is also suited to side widows, is fuel efficient and meets the determined Federal safety specifications as regular vinyl.

From the viewpoints of the vehicle owner and the manufacturer, consideration must be given to the fact that the integrity of the original vehicle design should be adhered to. The acoustic windshield as fitted to the 2017 Honda Odyssey is an integral part of the noise factor control strategy. However, it must also conform to the integral vehicle design, which means any updated windscreen will be consistent with the original application.

An acoustic windshield offers the interior of a 2017 Honda Odyssey interior protection in the form of a reduced UV transmittance, as well as vehicle weight reduction. The lower density of the vinyl interlayer enables the vehicle designers to keep the same overall window thickness, with a weight reduction benefit.