Auto Glass Technologies: Complete Car Glass Guide

From a car's windshield to the sunroof, auto glass is used to create visibility and shield drivers from the elements. Each part plays an important role. However, auto glass technology is what truly turns this material into a working piece. 

Let's take a look at what types of auto glass and special technologies are used to enhance your ride and help keep you safe. 

New developments In auto glass technology

Vehicles today have safety technology embedded right in the windshield. Some cars even have smart auto glass that automatically adjusts to the sun to keep you cool and protected. Models in future years will bring even more technological advancements in efficiency, safety, comfort and overall vehicle performance.     

These are just a few of the latest auto glass technologies and advancements that improve how we drive today. 

  • Panoramic windshield
  • Head-up display
  • Smart car glass
  • ADAS technology

Panoramic windshield

A bigger view of the road leads to safer driving. Instead of stopping at the hood of the car, a panoramic windshield extends to where a sunroof would be. This provides greater visibility and lets in more natural light. 

Head-up display

View road signs, the speed limit and even turn-by-turn directions directly on your windshield with head-up display technology. This helps prevent distracted driving and increases time spent with eyes out toward the road.

Smart car glass

With smart car glass, drivers are able to adjust the window tint to shield the interior cabin and themselves from the sun. This keeps your car cooler and exposes you to less UV rays.

Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS)

ADAS helps keep you safe with features such as lane departure alert and blind spot monitoring. Sensors associated with ADAS are connected throughout your car, including your windshield.

Is all auto glass the same?

No, all auto glass is not the same. Different materials are used depending on the location of the glass. The glass technology associated with these different areas varies as well. What a car windshield was made to do is different from a side window that rolls up and down. 

Are there different grades of auto glass?

When getting your windshield or car windows replaced, auto body shops will use Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or aftermarket glass to make the repairs. Caliber uses OEM parts to repair your vehicle to brand-new condition and meets OEM standards for safety..

Car glass types

Aside from grades of auto glass, there are also different glass types. The auto glass materials used depends on the location of the car window.

What type of glass is used in car windows?

Side windows, vent glass, quarter glass and sunroofs use tempered glass. In the event of an accident, this type of glass will shatter into small pieces that are less likely to harm passengers. Front windshields are made of laminated glass. Polyvinyl butyral (PVB) utilize two panes of glass, making it harder to break. 

What is auto glass repair?

If you have a chip or a crack in any of your car windows, auto glass repair restores this protective barrier. Any imperfection in the glass can make it more susceptible to further damage. The damage may require the embedded auto glass technology to be repaired or re-calibrated, too.    

Where to repair auto glass

Not every auto body shop has the equipment that’s necessary to properly repair auto glass technology. Look for a mechanic that specifically lists ADAS calibration services and is Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) certified. 

With convenient locations across the United States, Caliber Auto Glass is a top choice for expert auto glass repair. Our experienced technicians are skilled in chip repair, windshield replacement and more. We also partner with Protech Automotive Solutions to expertly calibrate after auto glass replacement. We’ll help you get back on the road and back to what’s important in no time.


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