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System Coming to a GM Vehicle Near You
HILLS, Mich., May 7/ A
new system for heated cleaning and de-icing of windshields for full
size sedan and sport utility vehicles will soon be appearing on a GM
vehicle near you.
HotShotŪ system, made by Microheat Inc., has been selected by
General Motors Corporation to be included in future models of the
luxury and mid-sized vehicle line.
is a compact, easy-to-use system that enhances visual safety and
offers all-season convenience for drivers in all climates. It
interconnects to the vehicle windshield washer fluid tubes and
electronic controls, quickly heating and spraying washer fluid on
demand. This enables drivers to rapidly remove ice, snow, road
grime, insects and other visual deterrents that smear, fog or
obscure windshield glass. It
takes about 30 seconds for Hotshot to generate hot fluid to 135 to
150 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on ambient temperature
(that's faster than the initial operation of seat heating or rear
intelligent Hotshot system is optimally designed to meet GM demands
a flexible concept that can be tailored to any GM model without
performance or comfort features. Under development for nearly seven
years at technical centers and advanced test facilities in
Farmington Hills, Mich., Netanya, Israel, and St. Petersburg,
Russia, Hotshot has led to the filing of 27 patents.
market research conducted for Microheat by J. D. Power and Associates
clearly shows that consumers perceive advanced windshield cleaning
systems, as a desirable feature for their cars and trucks. According
to the research, eight out of ten consumers surveyed believe that
such a system provides both convenience and safety benefits to
drivers. In other
research done by J.D.
and Associates, consumer interest in advanced windshield cleaning systems
ranked among the highest of approximately 40 emerging technologies