Learn about the types of glass your vehicle has as well as car advanced technology now available
As time moves on, technology advances. The same is true with automobile technology. Modern cars and trucks have evolved into sophisticated pieces of technology with many new safety features a lot people are not even aware of. Learn More
Type Of Glass
Your vehicle's rain sensor can detect the amount of rainfall on your windshield and can either speed up or slow down the speed of your windshield wipers.The sensor uses an infrared beam to determine if the glass is wet and whether or not to turn on your windshield wiper system.
A front-facing camera on your vehicle can detect the position of your vehicle in relation to lane markings on the road. Depending on the system, if your car leaves the lane an alarm will sound or the vehicle will automatically stear you back into your lane.
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS, is a collection of systems in your vehicle designed to inform the driver of potential hazards and assist in ensuring road safety. Some examples of ADAS include collision avoidance sensors, blind spot cameras, adaptive cruise control and hands-free smart phone connection.
Light sensors can detect when it's day or night and automatically turn your headlights on or off. They are typically on the windshield next to the rain sensor, but they can also be located behind the rearview mirror or on the dashboard near your windshield's edge.
Your VIN, or Vehicle Identification Number, is a unique 17-digit number assigned by the automaker used to identify the make and model of your vehicle. The VIN can also contain other information such as where the vehicle was made.
Infrared-reflective glass, or IR glass, can filter out up to 50% of IR energy and allow only visible light through. This can result in the interior of your vehicle to be up to 10 degrees Fahrenheit cooler - a very effective way to cut down on cooling costs during summer months.
Check the area of your windshield directly below your windshield wipers. If you're able to see a web of lines in the glass, then your windshield has a heating function. These lines are actually wires and are sometimes nearly invisible.
Some windshields have built in tinted areas, usually in the same place as your drop-down visors, to better shield you from sun glare while driving. These shade bands can be very helpful on sunny days, however they are not standard to all vehicles.
By using a combination of infrared and thermal sensors, your vehicle can detect objects out of reach of your headlights at night. Images captured by these sensors can either be displayed on your dashboard screen or a windshield heads-up display.
A heads-up display, or HUD, displays the exact same information from your dashboard projected onto your windshield. A HUD allows you to keep track of your vehicle's vital information without taking your eyes off the road.
Automobile windshields are made of a special type of safety glass called laminated glass. Laminated glass is made up of two panes of glass with a thin layer of vinyl between them. It is this vinyl layer that helps keep the windshield from shattering into smaller pieces upon impact.
Aside from your windshield, the rest of your vehicle's glass is made of tempered glass. This type of glass is manufactured using a special heating and cooling process that results in a pane of glass with additional strength than normal flat glass. When tempered glass breaks, it doesn't break into large, sharp jagged pieces, but instead it shatters into many small pieces.