SwedeSpeed - Volvo Performance Forum banner

1 - 16 of 16 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,732 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Correct me if I'm missing something. Ford doesn't think twice about utilizing Volvo's engineering and R&D within Ford products.<p>When will Volvo install Fords R&D's "Quickclear Heated Windscreen"? It sure would be handy in snow belt countries.<p>In addition I wrote some time ago that Volvo could/should pioneer a heated windshield wiper. Intigrating a heated wiper with a heated windscreen would make Volvo/Ford an industry leader.<p>In the meantime lets install the "Quickclear Heated Windscreen" as a standard item.<p><B>"Quickclear Heated Windscreen"</B><p>Brentwood, Essex, April 9, 2009 – Ford drivers are better equipped to deal with any weather, thanks to clever technologies which keep the windscreen clear of rain, ice and snow.<p>Ford leads the industry by making the "Quickclear" heated windscreen widely available across its car and van range, a feature many motorists were grateful for during the winter’s sub-zero blast. Its popularity means that it is fitted to 50 per cent of new Ford vehicles.<p>To complement Quickclear, the majority of Ford models also offer automatic rain-sensing windscreen wipers. This system uses a sensor in the rear view mirror casing to detect when the screen needs wiping, so that the driver can concentrate on the road ahead. This feature, ideal to combat April showers, is combined with automatic headlights, which switch on immediately when the sensor detects poor light conditions.<p>Mark Witschel, Ford exterior systems manager in Ford of Europe, says: “When icy or wet weather makes road conditions treacherous, it’s critical that drivers have good visibility. The Quickclear heated screen and automatic wiper systems are great convenience features, but they also make driving safer in challenging weather.”<p>Ford’s Quickclear system uses a powerful but near invisible electrical element sandwiched in the middle of the windscreen glass. On a cold morning, the element heats the screen and clears any ice or condensation within seconds. Conventional hot air systems take 10 minutes or more to achieve the same result. Quickclear also works as a rapid demister in all conditions.<p>Quickclear is standard on a wide range of best-selling cars including all Ford Kuga, Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy models, as well as on popular Zetec and Titanium derivatives of the Fiesta and Focus.<p>The automatic wipers use an optical sensor, located behind the windscreen as part of the rear view mirror housing, to detect water landing on the glass. The system triggers the wipers to clear the screen, and adjusts the frequency of wiping to suit the amount of rainfall. The driver can choose from six levels of sensitivity to match the wiper speed to their choice.<p>Quickclear Windscreen & Automatic Wipers - What is it?<p>Technology keeping your windscreen clear whatever the weather<p>Quickclear Windscreen & Automatic Wipers - How to get it<p>Quickclear is standard on all Ford Kuga, Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy models, and is available on the Ka, Fiesta, Fusion, Focus, C-MAX, Transit and Transit Connect either as standard or a cost option (depending on series).<p>Automatic wipers with rain sensor are available on the Ford Fiesta, Fusion, Focus, C-MAX, Kuga, Mondeo, S-MAX, Galaxy and Transit fitted either as standard or a cost option (depending on series).
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,732 Posts
Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Re: Will Volvo install Fords "Quickclear Heated Windscreen"? (stev vanveit)

Eureka! I just thought of it!<p>Volvo can't install the "Quickclear Heated Windscreen" as Volvo is up for sale. Why install such an innovative product - Ford would be giving away it's intellectual property.<p><I>PS: So if one day it is announced that Volvo will be installing the "Quickclear Heated Windscreen" that will be the day the sale of Volvo is off. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> </I>
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,946 Posts
Re: Will Volvo install Fords "Quickclear Heated Windscreen"? (stev vanveit)

For that matter, why hasn't Volvo utilized the Sync system.<p>Works effortlessly and doesn't detract from the car's appearance like that ugly blue tooth device required in Volvo's <p>
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,126 Posts
Re: Will Volvo install Fords "Quickclear Heated Windscreen"? (Shomare)

A heated windshield may be OK in the UK where they don't get much of a real winter, except maybe in Scotland, but over here it'll be just another excuse for the "rolling snowball" idiots not to clear the snow off their cars. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,732 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Re: Will Volvo install Fords "Quickclear Heated Windscreen"? (John2x240)

Fantastic idea an endless supply of sticky snow. Oh to be a kid again. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
3,169 Posts
Re: Will Volvo install Fords "Quickclear Heated Windscreen"? (stev vanveit)

It's important to consider what Instaclear offers and at what cost.<p>It does de-ice the windows faster. But when it's really cold and icy, a scraper is far quicker.<p>The windshields are pretty expensive. This adds to the sticker price and replacement cost when the inevitable happens (as it usually does in cold weather when hwy departments use aggregate). <p>Instaclear blocks RF signals. This affects passenger use of cell phones. Ditto r-detectors. Kinda makes the whole dashboard GPS thing difficult too. This locks owners into expensive OE solutions for phone and GPS. <p>Don't like the thought of a $500 Garmin for $1200 -- or one that cannot be swapped between vehicles? Didn't think so.<p>So you need to be careful what to wish for...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,778 Posts
Re: Will Volvo install Fords "Quickclear Heated Windscreen"? (RearWheelPaul)

Paul; the garmin 760 is now $210 on amazon right now. volvo does need to be able to see ahead, and they don't seem to care much. i have the 760 a plain unit that moves from car to car. i really did not like the clumsy, always visible mount through the speaker grill thingy. it just reaked of 'break in this car and steal stuff' bling.<p>volvo still wants 600 for the units i think.<p>and, yes, why does not ford give back to volvo engineered systems like sync and some other things i probably know not of?
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
3,169 Posts
Re: Will Volvo install Fords "Quickclear Heated Windscreen"? (hastee)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>hastee</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">volvo still wants 600 for the units i think.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Installed?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,778 Posts
Re: Will Volvo install Fords "Quickclear Heated Windscreen"? (RearWheelPaul)

i was told, when i was looking, that the dealer would charge one hour labor, even though it took about two. so i bet not installed. when will volvo adjust their price? who knows.<p>it took me under a minute to plug it (garmin 760) in, set the suction cup on the pad, cut an 'x' in my dash mat and wire it up. a no brainer to me. but volvo sure makes me think about extras from them. most of their stuff is just off the shelf stuff, ala garmin. i can go without the volvo logo anytime it saves me hundreds of bucks.<p>i would consider a heated windshield if it did not interfere with other gadgets though. sounds like it is a good idea.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
497 Posts
Re: Will Volvo install Fords "Quickclear Heated Windscreen"? (hastee)

I think this is a cool idea. I think it's more made for hot foggy nights, and cool foggy mornings. When you sit and wait for your defroster to clear the fog off your windows.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,732 Posts
Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Re: Will Volvo install Fords "Quickclear Heated Windscreen"? (Shomare)

Yeah I looked up the SYNC system.<br><I>Agreed Volvo should have it too.</I><p>Seems it performs two functions 911 emergency response and service notification all based on owners nomenclature.<p>Would it work on all 911 systems across countries?<br>Would this not open Ford to liability as it seems to be threaded through Ford and then to 911. Or is the 911 feature completely separate?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,732 Posts
Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Re: Will Volvo install Fords "Quickclear Heated Windscreen"? (Tiny)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Tiny</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I think this is a cool idea. I think it's more made for hot foggy nights, and cool foggy mornings. When you sit and wait for your defroster to clear the fog off your windows.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I remember parking at those lovers lane lookouts! Always hated it when the cop would sneak up on you. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
3,169 Posts
This thread reminds me of the Simpson's episode on "The Homer".<p><IMG SRC="http://cache.jalopnik.com/assets/resources/2008/06/TheHomer.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>Let's keep adding "convenience" features until the next Volvo...<p>1 Collapses under its own weight;<p>2. Suffers so many problems related to over-complicated electronic systems that it ceases to serve as a reliable method of transportation; or<p>3. Becomes "The Homer" that drives Volvo into bankruptcy.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,732 Posts
Discussion Starter · #14 ·
Re: Will Volvo install Fords "Quickclear Heated Windscreen"? (RearWheelPaul)

Paul that is funny. I cracked up. lol <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,126 Posts
Re: Will Volvo install Fords "Quickclear Heated Windscreen"? (stev vanveit)

I dunno, it seems to me that cars are not really cars anymore, but are quickly becoming Mobile Electronic Devices. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> In other words, meds for dweebs. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,732 Posts
Discussion Starter · #16 ·
Re: Will Volvo install Fords "Quickclear Heated Windscreen"? (RearWheelPaul)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>RearWheelPaul</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>It's important to consider what Instaclear offers and at what cost.<p>Instaclear blocks RF signals. This affects passenger use of cell phones. Ditto r-detectors. Kinda makes the whole dashboard GPS thing difficult too. This locks owners into expensive OE solutions for phone and GPS. <p>Don't like the thought of a $500 Garmin for $1200 -- or one that cannot be swapped between vehicles? Didn't think so.<p>So you need to be careful what to wish for...<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>So Paul I received a testimony from a fella living in Bucharest who has the Quickclear Heated Windscreen, Automatic Wipers Sensor and also IR (infra-red) shield.<p>Apparently I can tell you FOR SURE that the interference with radar-detectors and GPS signal comes from the IR shield. It becomes necessary to buy a modular radar detector (the detection unit is placed behind the front grill, in front of the radiator) and an external antenna for the GPS.<p>However, for those that have the heated windshield only they did not report problems neither with the radar detector, nor the GPS reception.<p>Now, all SS members have to do is wait for Volvo to have it installed - standard item. AND like I mentioned earlier this would indicate that Ford would not be selling Volvo.<p>That was a good call by you - way to go. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 
1 - 16 of 16 Posts
Top