Windshield Installers Must Adapt as Vehicles
Incorporate More Technology
January 2, 2013
by Kaitlan Mitchell, email@example.com
The shape, size and weight of windshields will be affected as industry
technology continues to grow. Industry experts take a thorough look
at the latest AGR
advancements to see how installers must transition with the
According to Jeff Olive training manager at Glasspro Inc., augmented
reality (AR) can include pedestrian awareness alerts, directions
and building identification labels. Auto glass shops need to be
able to quickly adapt to the new features AR will entail.
"With the AR technology, installers will need to make sure
different attachments are plugged in and wired up," says Brad
Voreis, vice president of operations at Glass Doctor®. "The
guys aren't used to that. It's more than beads of urethane they're
dealing with. Now you're throwing electronics into the mix and most
guys aren't really savvy with electronics. Installers need to embrace
the new technology or be left behind."
While there is a flurry of conversation using this application for
the curtainwalls of buildings, the auto industry is also utilizing
As energy concerns rise, dynamic glazing offers a solution to controlling
temperatures limiting the amount of air conditioning and in turn
lowering a vehicle's fuel consumption, according to industry experts.
Although this windshield evolution will require the glass to be
handled with care, experts do not see a need for further installation
"This installation has a difficultly degree comparable to installing
a stereo system," says John Petraglia, CEO and president of
SPD Control Systems Corp. "Further training will not be necessary."
Leonardo Fioravanti, a Pininfarina automotive designer, has conceptualized
the Hidra, a multi purpose coupe with Marvel - integrative windshield
that heeds off impending rainfall and tree twigs. In this prototype,
Marvel is designed to repel water and dirt without wiper blades,
in a document released by Fioravanti and his team. The Hidra's nanotechnology-based
windshield has four layers. Athlough the thickness is increasing,
industry insiders do not believe the technology needs more surface
"As always, there is a trend to increase the size of the glass
to create the feeling that the car is more spacious than it actually
is," says Olive. "In the future, as cars continue to be
more aerodynamic the same can be said, but I don't foresee this
technology requiring more windshield space for successful operation."
Read more about the future of windshields in the next issue of AGRR
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