Since its invention in the early 1900s, the windshield has quietly gone through an evolution from a regular piece of glass to a shatterproof work of scientific art. Its changes have not been flashy or even detectable to the untrained eye. All that is set to change over the next several years, as inventors across the globe are work on developing new windshield technology, from heads-up displays for pertinent information to water-repellant glass.
Heads-up displays are not new technology, having been introduced on fighter jets in the height of World War II. Over the last five years, they have begun to be incorporated into automobiles to curb using the phone or looking away from the road, showing information like speed and fuel readings right on the windshield instead of the lower dashboard. Bluetooth capability is being incorporated to allow drivers to make hands-free calls and text messages via the HUD, and future capabilities expected to be included range from local points of interest to advertisements. This technology is expected to grow into the mainstream over the next several years and be worth over 1 billion dollars.
Another expected feature of HUD is windshield wiper control, unless one of the car companies working to make wipers obsolete achieve their goal. Fioravanti, McLaren and Mercedes-Benz are among the manufacturers looking to do without wipers in upcoming models of their cars. Fioravanti revealed the Hidra in 2008, which used a four-layer, self-cleaning glass treatment process to repel water and dirt. Hidra was followed by McLaren, who announced a concept utilizing military technology in 2014. While Hidra relied on a constant electric current to keep water off the car, McLaren’s vision involves a ultrasonic sound barrier used on low-flying military aircraft. While neither option is scheduled to hit the roads in the foreseeable future, they are sure to change the windshield care game.
While you still have your standard windshield, it is important to take care of it, addressing any cracks or defects before they get any bigger. When you look for the best windshield repair and replacement in the Chicago, Naperville, and Addison area, look no further than AllStar Windshield Centers. We have expert glass technicians and provide the convenience of coming to your so you can get around knowing your windshield will protect you. Call us at 800 900-1505 to request a quote or schedule your next appointment today!