Science Fiction

A See-Through And A Self-Driving Car?

It sounds like science fiction but with Plexiglas from Evonik, it’s a reality: Opel’s “Glass Olympia” back in 1937 and today’s prototype of the self-driving car.

In 1937, Opel presented the “Glass Olympia” at the International Automobile and Motorcycle Exhibition in Berlin. The model was the first German car to be manufactured in large-scale production with a self-supporting body made entirely of steel. Opel demonstrated the principle using PLEXIGLAS made by Evonik’s predecessor company, Röhm & Haas. The “Olympia” got its name from the Olympic Games of 1936 which were held in Berlin and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. One model can still be seen in the Deutsches Museum in Munich. Today, PLEXIGLAS is used to ensure efficiency and a feel-good ambience in the prototype of a self-driving car made by the Rinspeed company. The acrylic glass gives the automotive designers flexibility when shaping the car and guarantees durability and low weight.