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The Future of Windshields

Last updated 6 years ago

Auto glass has come a long way from its beginnings, with safety tempering and advanced reflective technologies enhancing the drivability of cars. Take a look at some of the surprising technology that’s making its way onto your car’s windows in the near future: 

Head-Up Displays

A head-up display (HUD), used in the world of military aviation, projects an image onto glass in front of the pilot of an aircraft. In the automotive world, HUDs are starting to appear on high-end cars and could soon change the way that drivers see auto glass. 

Auto manufacturer GM intends to embed emitters into the windshield itself, making the entire surface reactive when exposed to targeted ultraviolet light. This can revolutionize the way people drive and perceive their world, with important data in a “head-up” position that allows the driver to keep attention focused on the road. Unfortunately, this augmented reality system will likely not be implemented until 2018. 

Self-Cleaning Glass

Turning to nature for inspiration, Ohio State professor Bharat Bhushan took the lotus leaf and thought about applying its principles to glass. A lotus leaf is covered in millions of bumps so tiny that they don’t allow water to adhere to its surface, providing inspiration to scientists everywhere, including at NASA. 

Another type of glass treatment is glazing, which uses photoreactive properties to enable water to cause built-up dirt to sheet off—but it is not yet suited for auto glass applications, as it can’t currently meet the standards for visibility required in windshields. 

Touchscreen Windows

Cadillac is preparing to roll out a way to use touchscreen technology so potential buyers can explore, customize, and watch videos about a particular vehicle. With a special film applied to the inside of the auto glass, shoppers can interact with the screen from outside the car, pulling up any relevant data stored on the small computer that the window film is connected to. 

These advances in auto glass manufacturing and technology may change the way we drive in the future, but Glass On The Move will still be providing quality repairs and replacement. Call us at (510) 835-0761 and let us come to you for rapid repairs.



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