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Smart Glass Repair



If current auto industry trends continue, anyone driving a car is going to like smart glass. That’s because as glazing technology continues to develop, windshields are going to do a lot more than simply act as a window to the highway by helping to:

Keep a vehicle’s interior thermal level even and comfortable all year long
Reduce vehicle weight
Provide maximum visibility for better, safer driving
Allow for the integration of smart glass technology features
In fact, smart glass is expected to become a $2.1 billion market by 2019, according to “Smart Glass Opportunities in the Automotive Industry–2014,” a recent report from NanoMarkets.

So what is smart glass?

It’s the catch-all name for car glass that’s had “smart” coating or laminating materials added to it, or that’s been embedded with electronics or sensors to perform navigational tasks.

Making the windshield smart gives it such capabilities as becoming self-tinting, self-cleaning, and self-repairing. Smart glass can even become an entertainment center.

OK, the average windshield isn’t smart enough to repair itself. Yet. However, with glass and glazing technology advancing rapidly, let’s take a quick look at the windshield trends we – and drivers – will soon be looking at in the next few years.

For starters, two windshield design trends prevalent today are helping create a more open feel inside a car, giving drivers a much better look at everything.

Windshield design: For starters, two windshield design trends prevalent today are helping create a more open feel inside a car, giving drivers a much better look at everything.

  • Cielo design: This design allows the windshield to extend up into the roof above the driver’s head.
  • Panoramic Design: Once a popular feature in the 1950s, the full wraparound windshield is returning, with the sides extending to include the A and C pillars.

Rain Sensors: An accessory that determines the need for wipers and speed of wipers. Usually mounted behind the rear view mirror part number is usually a RSK for rain sensor kit.

Condensation Sensors: Will determine if Defrosters should be working to remove fog from windshield

Heated Windshields: Usually very small wires embedded in the windshield that warm the windshield gradually to melt ice and snow

Lane Departure Warning System: Camera in or next to rear view mirror that recognizes when vehicle crosses lines without having turn signals activated

High beam sensor: automatically adjusts high beam when oncoming traffic is approaching.

Self-tinting glass: Reducing glare and bright sunshine by turning glass from clear to dark with the push of a button sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Led by such well-known smart glass technologies as electrochromic and suspended particle devices (SPD), self-tinting is gaining acceptance by auto manufacturers. It filters out UV light, and also provides thermal insulation to reduce the energy drain of the air conditioner.

If current auto industry trends continue, anyone driving a car is going to like smart glass. That’s because as glazing technology continues to develop, windshields are going to do a lot more than simply act as a window to the highway by helping to:

Keep a vehicle’s interior thermal level even and comfortable all year long
Reduce vehicle weight
Provide maximum visibility for better, safer driving
Allow for the integration of smart glass technology features
In fact, smart glass is expected to become a $2.1 billion market by 2019, according to “Smart Glass Opportunities in the Automotive Industry–2014,” a recent report from NanoMarkets.

So what is smart glass?

It’s the catch-all name for car glass that’s had “smart” coating or laminating materials added to it, or that’s been embedded with electronics or sensors to perform navigational tasks.

Making the windshield smart gives it such capabilities as becoming self-tinting, self-cleaning, and self-repairing. Smart glass can even become an entertainment center.

OK, the average windshield isn’t smart enough to repair itself. Yet. However, with glass and glazing technology advancing rapidly, let’s take a quick look at the windshield trends we – and drivers – will soon be looking at in the next few years.

For starters, two windshield design trends prevalent today are helping create a more open feel inside a car, giving drivers a much better look at everything.

Windshield design: For starters, two windshield design trends prevalent today are helping create a more open feel inside a car, giving drivers a much better look at everything.

  • Cielo design: This design allows the windshield to extend up into the roof above the driver’s head.
  • Panoramic Design: Once a popular feature in the 1950s, the full wraparound windshield is returning, with the sides extending to include the A and C pillars.

Rain Sensors: An accessory that determines the need for wipers and speed of wipers. Usually mounted behind the rear view mirror part number is usually a RSK for rain sensor kit.

Condensation Sensors: Will determine if Defrosters should be working to remove fog from windshield

Heated Windshields: Usually very small wires embedded in the windshield that warm the windshield gradually to melt ice and snow

Lane Departure Warning System: Camera in or next to rear view mirror that recognizes when vehicle crosses lines without having turn signals activated

High beam sensor: automatically adjusts high beam when oncoming traffic is approaching.

Self-tinting glass: Reducing glare and bright sunshine by turning glass from clear to dark with the push of a button sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Led by such well-known smart glass technologies as electrochromic and suspended particle devices (SPD), self-tinting is gaining acceptance by auto manufacturers. It filters out UV light, and also provides thermal insulation to reduce the energy drain of the air conditioner.

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