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Hammer-Wielding Man Smashes Van Windscreen at Melbourne Shopping Center

Footage has been released of a man armed with a hammer smashing the windscreen of an Armaguard van in a road rage attack at a Melbourne shopping center. Click here to read more.

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California is Getting its First Real Autonomous Delivery Service Thanks to Nuro and 7-Eleven

The service will only be available to residents who live in proximity to the 7-Eleven store at 1905 Latham Street in Mountain View, from 8AM–9PM, seven days a week. Customers can order items like pizza, chips, beverages, and household items … Continue reading

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Tesla is Integrating Car Sharing in its App, Hinting at ‘Tesla Network’

Tesla is working on integrating vehicle sharing into its app, which could be a step further toward the long-awaited “Tesla Network” launch. Click here to read more.

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U.S. Lags in Electric Vehicle Sales Despite Biden Administration’s Push

Electric cars will make up just 4% of American sales in 2021, compared with 9% in China and 14% in Europe. Click here to read more.

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Add Glass to the List of Shortages and Delays

Grayson County businesses that rely on glass for construction, replacement and car repair are experiencing delays in receiving some products. Charlie Shearer, owner of Shearer Design & Associates in Denison, said his firm is waiting almost twice as long for … Continue reading

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Uninsured Michigan Drivers Urged to Take Advantage of Auto Insurance Amnesty

State leaders in Michigan are encouraging residents to secure auto insurance before the amnesty period expires and premiums begin to rise. The amnesty period is part of the state’s no-fault reform legislation, which took effect in July 2020. Click here … Continue reading

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Full Self-Driving Diary: A Longtime Tesla Driver’s Perspective on FSD Beta

After a month of safe and cautious driving, I finally achieved a Safety Score of 99 last week, and shortly thereafter, I was granted access to the Full Self-Driving Beta for my 2021 Model Y. The experience with the FSD … Continue reading

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Pipe Smashes Through Car Windshield, Narrowly Missing Florida Driver

Loose debris from vehicles is a serious problem on central Florida’s highways. The FHP says both commercial drivers and the rest of us need to take care when preparing for a move or a trip. Click here to read more.

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Area Man Nabbed For Burglary of Auto Glass Business, Police Say

An area man has been charged with allegedly burglarizing a business and then stealing a car to get away. Sullivan County resident Trevor Tompkins, age 25, of Monticello, was arrested on Monday, Nov. 29 for the Thursday, Nov. 11 robbery, … Continue reading

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Windshield Damage Victims and Contractor Differ on Who’s to Blame

A different kind of “me too” movement emerged this week on a Facebook page popular with many Anaconda residents. The shared predicament in this case was windshield damage. With one exception, the pits and cracks happened while motorists were traveling … Continue reading

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J.D. Power Study on Fully Automated Self-Driving Vehicles: Consumers Don’t Know What They Don’t Know

While the automotive industry continues to move toward fully automated, self-driving vehicles, the pace is not being matched by educational efforts that will help bring buyers into the modern mobility movement. According to the redesigned J.D. Power 2021 Mobility Confidence … Continue reading

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Volvo Working on New Tech That Turns Car Windshields Into an AR Display

Volvo is looking to create a new and more interactive way to offer users information while driving their cars. The company is working on a new technology, which could turn the car’s windshield into an AR display. Click here to … Continue reading

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Iconic Renault 4 Celebrates 60 Years With ‘Flying Car’ Design

French automaker Renault wanted to do something a little unusual to mark the 60th anniversary of its iconic Renault 4 vehicle, so it stuck some propellers on it and flew it in the sky. Click here to read more.

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Fenzi Group Acquires Advanced Glass Technologies

Fenzi Holdings, a chemical company in the glass processing industry headquartered in Italy, announced the acquisition of Johnson Matthey’s (JM) Advanced Glass Technologies (AGT) business, a global provider of specialist glass enamels and precious metal pastes supplied mainly to the … Continue reading

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Fix Auto Milton Unveils New Facility

Fix Auto Milton unveiled its new collision repair facility, and owner-operator Frank Corno says the upgrade allows his technicians to repair several vehicles simultaneously, ensuring swift turnaround times. Corno joined the Fix Network in 2019 and has been associated with … Continue reading

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Driver Narrowly Escapes Injury as Loose Semi Wheel Crashes Through Windshield in Summit County

The Park City Fire District said a westbound semi on I-80 lost a wheel near mile 177, about nine miles east of Echo. The wheel rolled into the eastbound lanes and careened into a pickup truck. Photos from the scene … Continue reading

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Breaking Point: SF Suffers Highest Rate of Car Break-ins Compared to Atlanta, DC, Dallas, LA

In the heart of San Francisco, alongside popular tourist attractions, car break-ins have spiked nearly 200% since last year, turning visitors into victims and creating what some business owners are calling an “economic pandemic.” On average, the city suffers about … Continue reading

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Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta Now Attaches Video Recordings to Testers

Tesla Full Self-Driving beta testers will need to give up a little more privacy if they want to test the Level 2 driver-assist system. Electrek first reported Wednesday that the carmaker has updated its terms of agreement for FSD usage, … Continue reading

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Go! Glass Ottawa Opens in Ontario

Uniban, a provider of automotive glass repair and replacement, announced the opening of Go! Glass Ottawa. Its facility has been a part of the Ottawa community for 26 years and is now under the ownership of Uniban Canada. “Vehicle technology … Continue reading

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Dodge Bombshells: Charger, Challenger Gone by 2024, EV Arrives Soon

Now we know just how serious Dodge is about reinventing American muscle for the electric vehicle era. Early in 2022 we will see the first Dodge electric muscle car concept, followed by a plug-in hybrid and a third significant new … Continue reading

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Buick Smart Pod is a Futuristic Luxury Minivan Concept That Could’ve Been Designed by Porsche

The one-box design differentiates itself from existing minivans, though we won’t blame anyone for finding at least some similarities with Porsche’s wild Vision Renndienst prototype. The Smart Pod is characterized by large-diameter wheels, toned-up fenders, short overhangs, and a sculpted … Continue reading

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Tiny Model Train Breaks a World Record by Playing Epic Classical Medley on Passing Glasses

With one toy train, a seemingly endless railway track and singing glasses, a new Guinness World Record was set. The record-breaking performance featured 20 classical pieces in total, including ringing renditions of Mozart’s ‘Rondo alla Turca’, ‘Für Elise’ by Beethoven … Continue reading

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CNN Tried Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving.’ Here’s What Happened

When a dozen small children crossed in front of our Tesla with “full self-driving,” I had good reason to be nervous. I’d spent my morning so far in the backseat of the Model 3 using “full self-driving,” the system that … Continue reading

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States With the Worst Road Infrastructure

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will invest $1 trillion into the United States’ crumbling infrastructure. It’s the largest federal investment in infrastructure in more than a decade and could go a long way towards relieving a consistent strain on … Continue reading

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More Security Visible as St. Louis Blues Fans Return to Scene of Multiple Crimes

Some St. Louis Blues fans heading to Thursday’s game hoped their cars would be intact after the game was over. Parking lots near Enterprise Center have been targeted in recent weeks. The most recent crimes prompted some security changes. Police … Continue reading

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40-Person Teenage Gang Blamed for Rash of Ohio-Area Car Break-Ins

Authorities claim the ‘Glacier Gang’ has been breaking into and stealing cars all over Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. It should be noted that many owners have left them unlocked or with valuables visible inside. Click here to read more.

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Woman Avoids Large Rock Thrown at Her Car on Portland Off Ramp

A Vancouver woman said she’s lucky to be alive after a homeless man threw a rock from an off ramp on I-205, slamming into her windshield. Click here to read more.

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Apple Shares Hit Record After Report Says the Company Wants to Build Self-Driving Car as Soon as 2025

Apple shares hit a record on Friday following a report that the company is accelerating efforts to launch a self-driving vehicle. As of early afternoon on Friday, Apple’s stock was up more than 1% to above $160. Click here to … Continue reading

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XPeng Unveils G9 SUV with X-PILOT 4.0 ADAS and Ability to Charge 200 km in 5 Minutes

EV automaker XPeng Motors unveiled its fourth EV today at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition in China. The new electric SUV dubbed “the G9,” matches previous speculation about the vehicle, and it will arrive with XPeng’s latest technologies. This includes … Continue reading

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Casual Conversation Interrupted by Potentially Deadly Hazard

Icicles are beautiful creations of nature, but they can also be extremely dangerous hazards, something that two men in China found out when a piece of ice shattered the windshield of a car while they stood just feet away. Click … Continue reading

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Police Investigating 20 Car Break-ins in Missouri

Police are investigating 20 car break-ins that happened Wednesday afternoon in the Chesterfield Valley. “Cars are targeted if there’s something in plain view,” Chesterfield Police Lt. Keith Rider said. Click here to read more.

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AirPro Diagnostics Announces Strategic Partnership With VSG Services / Chief Automotive

AirPro Diagnostics, a provider of remote diagnostics, scanning, programming and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) calibration solutions, announced a strategic partnership agreement with Vehicle Services Group (VSG) / Chief Automotive, naming AirPro as a provider of services for its Mosaic … Continue reading

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Autoglass® Renews Supplier Deal With NFU Mutual

Autoglass®, a United Kingdom-based vehicle glass repair, replacement and recalibration company, renewed its supplier deal with the National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society Limited UK (NFU Mutual). NFU Mutual is a mutual insurance organization with more than 900,000 members and … Continue reading

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Sean Draycott Appointed New Operations Director at Auto Windscreens

Auto Windscreens has appointed Sean Draycott as its new operations director. Draycott has worked for the business for 16 years, starting as a technician in North London and moving up the ranks to his previous role as regional manager for … Continue reading

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Local Business Rebuilding From the Ashes After Devastating Blaze

Paul Badley hopes to reopen his auto glass repair shop within the next month. . . . Badley explained that while he wasn’t there last Wednesday morning when a fire and subsequent explosion destroyed his building and caused significant damage … Continue reading

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Vermont Couple Sharing the Story of a Rock Smashing Through Their Windshield in Collier County

A couple on vacation from Vermont has a story for the ages after a rock fell off the back of a truck and bounced through their windshield on Tuesday. Will and Amaryah Pendlebury say it was a lot to process. … Continue reading

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Fix Auto Toronto Junction Achieves CCIAP Recognition

Fix Auto Toronto Junction has achieved recognition under the Canadian Collision Industry Accreditation Program (CCIAP). The CCIAP is a not-for-profit program launched by AIA (Automotive Industries Association) of Canada and requires shops to undergo a test of their repair processes … Continue reading

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Talk About AGW Tuesday: Discover Auto Glass Week’s Giveaway

We will be giving away FREE FULL Registrations if you participate and your video is selected! An extra bonus drawing will be held of those selected, and one winner will receive free airfare and hotel accommodations. Get creative and post … Continue reading

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Michigan Governor: Drivers to See More Savings Under Auto Insurance Reform Law

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that drivers should save on average between 25-62% on the PIP medical portion of their auto policies compared to the previous year. The lower premiums continue a trend of declining rates from Michigan’s new auto … Continue reading

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Honda’s Adorable Autonomous Prototype is a Workhorse with no Name

Honda has been testing its Autonomous Work Vehicle, an electric self-driving prototype closely related to its side-by-sides but geared toward carrying supplies. The AWV has a payload limit of 880 pounds and can tow over 1600 pounds, traveling up to … Continue reading

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Lucid Air Named MotorTrend Car of the Year

It’s the first time any automaker has won the award with its first car. MotorTrend’s panel of judges lauded the Lucid Air for its extraordinary range and efficiency — some versions can go up to 520 miles on a single … Continue reading

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Glass Shortage Brings Negative and Positive Impacts to Treasure Valley Auto Glass Shop

Supply shortages continue to impact nearly every industry in the nation, including glass. Glass producers across the U.S. are having trouble keeping up with the demand for products like glass bottles, glass jars and windshields. Click here to read more.

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US Investigating Tesla’s Self-Driving Software After Collision

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating Tesla’s self-driving software after someone filed a complaint that a car caused a crash while employing it. Click here to read more.

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ADAS Reduces Loss Costs For Auto Insurers Despite Increased Repair Costs, LexisNexis Says

Advanced driver assistance systems result in fewer claims and reduce insurers loss costs by up to 23%, according to a paper by LexisNexis Risk Solutions. Click here to read more.

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San Francisco Car Burglars Target Parking Garages; Show up at Victim’s Home

Car break-in victims may feel their vehicles are generally safer parked in a garage than on San Francisco streets, but that no longer is true. Smash-and-grabs are also happening in parking garages. Click here to read more.

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Ford Invents Cable That Can Charge Electric Cars in About 5 Minutes

The automaker and Purdue University are co-developing a charging cable for use with high-power charging stations that could recharge an electric vehicle’s battery in the same time it takes to fill a gas tank, which typically takes about five minutes. … Continue reading

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Gas Leak May Have Caused Explosion at Speedy Glass in Ontario

Garth Noye feels lucky to be alive after a major fire and massive explosion rocked a Midland commercial area Wednesday morning. Noye, who works at Speedy Auto Glass, was one of the dozens of onlookers, who watched as fire crews from … Continue reading

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Protest Over Auto Insurance Reform and New Proposals

A protest was held in Livonia over changes in auto insurance put into place by no-fault insurance reform and a proposal for refunds that protestors say should help catastrophic accident victims. Click here to view video.  

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All Drivers Have Been Warned About an Increase in Auto Insurance Scams

Scams such as ghost broking have been claimed to be on the rise, as fraudsters take advantage of motorists returning to their former driving habits. Ghost broking is when fraudsters pose as insurance brokers in order to sell counterfeit policies. … Continue reading

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Video: Phoenix Police Officer Avoids Injury When Bullet Pierces Windshield

A Phoenix police officer avoided injury Wednesday when a teenage suspect shot through the windshield of his unmarked police car, authorities said. The Phoenix Police Department posted a short video clip Friday from inside the car, showing glass shattering. Click here … Continue reading

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Auto Windscreens Re-appoints Pilkington as Primary Glass Supplier

Auto Windscreens’ contract with Pilkington, part of the global NSG Group, has been renegotiated and extended. Following an ongoing six-year relationship, Pilkington will continue to supply glass to the company’s 70-plus service centers throughout the United Kingdom. Pilkington’s focus on … Continue reading

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National Windscreens Take Step Closer to Carbon Neutrality

National Windscreens has taken steps to further its environmental and sustainability objectives across its business, analyzing details to minimize carbon emissions. A focus on environmental, sustainability and governance (ESG) is playing out across the United Kingdom economy, not least against … Continue reading

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Prizes at Auto Glass Week Heat Up for 2022

Repair and replacement technicians start sharpening your skills! Everything is bigger and hotter in Texas, and now the competition prize money for Auto Glass Week™ 2022 (AGW), Sept. 14-16 in San Antonio, is smokin’. More than $6,000 in cash and … Continue reading

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Motional’s Robotaxis Will be Fully Driverless in Las Vegas by 2023

Motional, the autonomous vehicle company that is a $4 billion joint venture between Hyundai and Aptiv, announced the city in which it would launch its fully driverless robotaxi service in 2023, and surprise, surprise, it’s Las Vegas. Click here to … Continue reading

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Apple Hires Tesla’s Former Autopilot Software Director

Apple hasn’t been all that vocal about its electric car project, but according to Bloomberg, the iPhone maker is hiring Tesla’s Autopilot software engineer to work on its EVs. Sources close to the matter told Bloomberg that Apple scooped up … Continue reading

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The Biggest Kink in America’s Supply Chain: Not Enough Truckers

Long hours and uncomfortable working conditions are leading to a shortage of truck drivers, which has compounded shipping delays in the United States. Click here to read more.

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Teen in Custody After String of Georgia Car Break-ins, Deputies Say

A 16-year-old is facing charges after he took part in more than 50 car break-ins, according to Forsyth County deputies. Click here to read more.

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Small SUVs Struggle in New, Tougher Side Test

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is introducing a new, tougher side crash test to address higher-speed crashes that continue to cause fatalities. In the first tests of 2020-21 vehicles, only one out of 20 small SUVs, the 2021 Mazda … Continue reading

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Michigan Drivers Will Get Refunds on Auto Insurance Fees, Board Announces

The board tasked with setting and managing personal injury protection fees paid by Michigan drivers is supporting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent request to issue refunds. Click here to read more.

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Self-Driving Cars Will Eventually be Safer Than Those Driven by People, Says Chinese Search Engine Giant Baidu

Baidu, China’s dominant search engine and artificial intelligence company, has mounted a rigorous defense of autonomous driving, pledging it will eventually be safer than conventional driving. Click here to read more.

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Vaccine Rule for Larger Employers, Federal Contractors and Certain Health Care Workers to Take Effect January 4

The Biden administration announced Thursday that its vaccine rules applying to private businesses with 100 or more employees, certain health care workers and federal contractors will take effect January 4. Click here to read more.

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Woman Hit by Chunk of Concrete Smashing into Windshield in Taylorsville

A driver traveling through Taylorsville had an unsettling surprise hit her windshield while on I-215. Utah Highway Patrol says the woman was traveling on the interstate when a chunk of concrete “came out of nowhere” and shattered her windshield. The … Continue reading

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Auto Windshield Companies Struggle with Glass Shortages

Shortages are becoming a seemingly popular issue these days, and now if you need your windshield or car door replaced, be prepared to wait months glass is becoming harder to find and more expensive to purchase. Click here to read … Continue reading

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Honoring Those Who Served

GlassBYTEs.com would like to honor veterans who work in the auto glass industry, including auto glass shop owners, and express our appreciation for their service. We would like to highlight their service in the military and in the industry with … Continue reading

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Assessing Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) in Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 94% of traffic accidents are caused by driver error and the leading cause of these is recognition mistakes. Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) can help decrease accidents, injuries, and fatalities by reducing these … Continue reading

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Unsecured Piece of Plywood Smashes Ambulance Windshield

Lakewood police and West Metro Fire rescue are reminding drivers to secure their loads following a close call involving an ambulance. Thursday afternoon, firefighter-paramedics AJ Kallwheit and Chelsea Martinez were driving east on Sixth Avenue near Carr Street when they say … Continue reading

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Whitmer Pushes for Every Michigander with Auto Insurance to Receive Refund Check

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is calling on the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association to deliver refund checks to every Michigander with auto insurance. It would be part of the auto insurance reform signed into law back in 2019, according to a news … Continue reading

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Woman Arrested for Drunk Driving Breaks Trooper’s Windshield

An arrested drunk driver ended up breaking glass in a state police cruiser. State police said they saw 31-year-old Angela Negron from Columbia driving erratically on Interstate 395 in Montville. Click here to read more.  

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Repair or Replace: Will Robots Decide? Glass Industry has Its Own Solution

Neural Claim System “NCS” is excited to announce the release of our AI based glass damage verification platform. Our AI platform is designed to revolutionize the glass claims process by seamlessly automating damage analysis, part selection and calibration requirements at … Continue reading

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Amid Controversy Over Tesla’s FSD Beta, it’s Already Saving Lives

Most of today’s cars come standard with advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS), and Tesla is no exception. The technology has improved over the years, and now some of it is required by safety organizations for vehicles to earn top ratings. This is … Continue reading

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Georgia Mom Pleads with Drivers to Secure Loads after Winch Roller Crashes Through Windshield

A mom in Georgia put a plea out to anyone hauling something on their vehicle after a piece of metal crashed through her windshield. On Monday, Leslie Myers told Channel 3 she was on her way home one afternoon and … Continue reading

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Supply Chain Issues: Glass Shortage Only Adds To Frustrations for Car Break-In Victims

Supply chain issues are plaguing consumers and business owners alike as the holiday season begins. Now you can add glass to the long list of materials bitten by the shortages and delays impacting the economy. Click here to read more. … Continue reading

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‘Absolute Carnage’ Caused in Window-smashing Spree

A man who went on a window-smashing spree in Nelson caused “absolute carnage” for innocent vehicle owners, a judge said. Hlaing Nyein Aung, 18, appeared before the Nelson District Court on Tuesday, where he pleaded guilty to multiple charges on … Continue reading

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Authorities Investigate Cause of Fire at West OKC Auto Repair Shop

Authorities are investigating after a fire started at an auto repair shop Thursday morning in west Oklahoma City. No injuries were reported. Click here to read more.  

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Chinese EV Maker Xpeng Launches Upgraded Semi-autonomous Driving Features in a Challenge to Tesla

Chinese electric car start-up Xpeng released updates for its semi-autonomous driving system as its looks to up its challenge to Tesla in China. Xpeng released Xpilot 3.5, the latest version of its advanced driver-assistance system, or ADAS. This refers to a driving … Continue reading

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Drivers Can Save Money on Car Insurance If They Have Anti-Theft Devices Installed in Their Vehicles

Anti-theft devices can help drivers reduce the risk of having their cars stolen. Most new vehicles come equipped with some form of anti-theft device. Drivers who own older vehicles can make their cars safer by installing one or more anti-theft … Continue reading

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Highway Closed for an Hour After Windshields Damaged

VIDEO: Highway 17 was closed for over an hour between Summit Road and Sugarloaf Road due to police activity Saturday afternoon. Da Lin reports from Scotts Valley. Click here to view video.  

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‘Tremendous Pent-up’ Car Demand Going into 2022: AutoNation CEO

According to the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index, wholesale used car and truck prices rose 8.3% in the first 15 days of October compared to September. Going into 2022, AutoNation (AN) CEO Mike Jackson believes demand for vehicles will not abate anytime … Continue reading

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The Anger of Tesla Fans is Becoming a Problem

Many technologists and automotive experts are cheering a Cummings appointment to NHTSA. But an extremely online community of Tesla fans is furious. A couple of hours after the news broke, Omar Qazi, a Tesla booster with a large online following, tweeted, “If they try … Continue reading

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Tesla’s New Insurance Uses Real-time Car Data to Decide the Likelihood of an Owner Crashing

Tesla’s new insurance product—based on “real-time driving behavior”—could help drivers save money, the company claims. Click here to read more.  

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Jeep Debuts Killer SEMA 2021 Wrangler Concepts

Gather ’round all, because it’s SEMA concept time once again. This year, Stellantis is going above and beyond with seven concepts for the wildly popular aftermarket show, the company announced Friday, and the two best ones of the bunch are both Jeeps. … Continue reading

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Finance Guru Reveals How You Can Save on Your Car Insurance with One Very Simple Trick

Speaking on his weekly MoneySavingExpert ITV show, the finance guru urged drivers to take advantage of the so-called 21-day rule. Martin said: “The 21-day rule is if you’re coming up for renewal, that is the sweet spot to get your … Continue reading

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San Francisco Announces Cash Rewards to Collar Auto Burglars

San Francisco will give out cash awards of up to $100,000 for information about the ringleaders of high-level auto burglaries — in yet another push to battle crime in a city marked by attention-grabbing vehicle smash and grabs, home break-ins … Continue reading

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NYPD Cop Fires Taser into Car Window Before it Gets Away by Driving Over the Hood of a Parked Police Car in Brooklyn

Police are searching for a man who drove over the hood of a cop car that was parked next to him after an officer fired a Taser at him. Click here to read more.

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Autel U.S. Moves Into New Building

Autel U.S., a developer and distributor of automotive diagnostic products, announced it has moved into its new offices in Port Washington, N.Y. Autel U.S. is the U.S. subsidiary of China-based Autel Intelligent Technology Corp. Autel U.S. purchased the 50,720 square … Continue reading

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New Members of ROLAGS Committee Invited

The National Windshield Repair Division of the Auto Glass Safety Council is inviting new members to the new ANSI/AGSC/NWRD Repair of Laminated Automotive Glass Standard 002 (ROLAGS 2) Committee. Those in automotive glass repair technicians, windshield repair companies, windshield repair … Continue reading

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Understanding Vanishing Deductibles in Car Insurance

Having a vanishing deductible helps take the sting out of filing an auto insurance claim because you’ll pay less of your own money toward repairs. But you usually have to pay for a vanishing deductible feature and they vary by … Continue reading

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Car Break-ins on the Rise in Multiple Columbus Neighborhoods

Multiple people in Columbus are outraged following multiple car break-ins in their neighborhoods. One man tells News Leader 9 it’s happened to him five times since moving to his home. Click here to read more.

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Facebook, Now Meta, is Expanding Smart Glasses Research into Cars via BMW

Facebook (now renamed Meta) is still trying to make AR-enabled, AI-assisted smart glasses happen. The company announced plans to field-test its camera and sensor-studded Project Aria research glasses in more places, with neural input wristbands, and even in cars. Click … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in Illinois

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Sycamore, Ill. This repair center has operated as Hayes Body Shop for 36 years and is located off Route 23, the main roadway between Sycamore and DeKalb, … Continue reading

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Caliber to Acquire 17 Collision Repair Centers from AutoNation

Caliber, a U.S. collision service provider with nearly 1,400 locations in 39 states, will acquire up to 17 collision repair centers from AutoNation during the fourth quarter of 2021. The transaction includes a long-term agreement for AutoNation to refer collision … Continue reading

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Tree Branch Flies Through Car Windshield in Connecticut

State police in Connecticut shared dramatic images of a tree branch that smashed through the front windshield of a vehicle as a powerful Nor’easter pushed through the region Wednesday. Police said the incident happened just after 7 a.m. on Interstate … Continue reading

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The Best Wiper Blades to Keep Your Windshield Clear

When it comes time to replace your wiper blades, you’re likely spoiled for choice. With so many different models to look for and technologies to consider, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Fortunately, there are several key factors to home in … Continue reading

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Sponsored Link: Omega EDI Adds Free Repair Procedures

Omega EDI has announced the launch of repair procedures integrated with its auto glass software, including procedures orginally published in Auto Glass Journal. The procedures include photos, diagrams, and helpful tips for removing and installing over 3,800 part/vehicle combinations and … Continue reading

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Tesla Pulls Full Self-Driving Update After Sudden Braking Spooks Drivers

Tesla’s Full Self-Driving software lived up to its “beta” label this weekend. On Saturday morning, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a delay for the 10.3 update after internal quality-assurance testers discovered that the new version performed worse at left turns … Continue reading

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Here is the Average Cost for Auto Insurance in 2021, and How to Keep Your Costs Down

The cost to insure a vehicle is on the rise, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This brought the 2021 U.S. average to $1,451 per year, or a premium of $121 per month, according to the latest … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Car Break-ins: 50+ Vehicles Damaged, Suspects Sought

Brown Deer police are looking for suspects after more than 50 cars were broken into during the overnight hours from Sunday, Oct. 24, through Monday, Oct. 25. Click here to read more.

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Bird Smashes Through Pilot’s Windscreen at 300 Kilometers Per Hour ‘Like a Missile’

An ag pilot has walked away unscathed after an ibis smashed through the windscreen of his spray plane that was traveling at close to 300 kilometers per hour. Click here to read more.

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150 Mph Without a Driver: Indy Autonomous Cars Gear up For Race

There will be cars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday but no driver in sight as racing teams mark a milestone in autonomous vehicle development. Nine single-seaters will take part in the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC), a competition with … Continue reading

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Vehicle Windows Shattered on Hwy 17 in Santa Cruz County

A stretch of Highway 17 in Santa Cruz County was briefly closed Saturday after windows on two vehicles, including a California Highway Patrol cruiser, were shattered, officers said. Click here to read more.

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Wells Fargo CEO Says Supply Chains ‘Will Get Solved’ in ‘6-to-12 Months’

The situation in which employers find it hard to hire and the supply chain crisis forces businesses to hike prices is likely to persist for at least 6 to 12 months, one bank chief said. Click here to read more.

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Chinese EV Maker Xpeng Touts Flying Car That Can Also Operate on Roads; Plans For 2024 Rollout

HT Aero, an affiliate of Chinese electric vehicle maker Xpeng, publicized a flying car on Sunday that it says can also drive on roads. The company says it plans a rollout in 2024. The car is not yet commercially available. … Continue reading

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UniglassPlus Barrie Opens in Ontario

Uniban Canada, a provider of automotive glass repair, replacement and calibration, announced the opening of UniglassPlus Barrie located in Barrie, Ontario. Basam Betou, owner of UniglassPlus Barrie, holds more than two decades of auto glass repair industry experience. “The customer … Continue reading

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San Francisco, Tourism Industry Offer Cash Rewards to Stop Auto Burglary Fencing Operations

San Francisco is moving to stem a scourge of auto break-ins by joining with private businesses to offer cash rewards for information on the fencing operations moving the stolen goods. Click here to read more.

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month—Be Cyber Alert and Guard Against Ransomware

This month is the 18th Annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in the United States, sponsored by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber Security Alliance. This year’s theme is again “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” Being Cyber … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Two Repair Centers in Ohio

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of two collision repair centers in Medina and North Ridgeville, Ohio. The repair centers previously operated as South of the Square Collision Center, originating in Medina in 1999 and expanding to the North … Continue reading

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Rocks Thrown From Indy Overpass Narrowly Miss IUPUI Student’s Windshield: ‘It Was Close’

An IUPUI student was southbound on I-465 under the 56th Street overpass on Indy’s northeast late last Friday afternoon when something fell out of the sky and hit his car. Click here to read more.

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Ocala Man Arrested After Throwing Rock at School Bus with Children on Board, Cracking Windshield

A 41-year-old Ocala man was arrested after he threw a rock at a school bus that was transporting ten children. On Tuesday, October 19 around 4:00 p.m., a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived on Pecan Road in Ocala in … Continue reading

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Rising Gas Prices Hindering Consumers’ Buying Power, Industry Expert Says

Gas prices – now at a fresh seven-year high – are continuing “to eat away at consumers’ buying power,” according to an industry expert. With gas prices on the rise, consumers are spending more “filling up than in other areas … Continue reading

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Amazon’s Zoox Will Test its Autonomous Vehicles on Seattle’s Rainy Streets

Zoox, the autonomous vehicle company owned by Amazon, said it will test its vehicles on the hilly, rain-drenched streets of Seattle. The company also plans on opening an office there in 2022. Click here to read more.

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Smartphone Producer Foxconn Announces Electric Car Venture

The Taiwanese company that manufactures smartphones for Apple Inc. and other global brands announced plans Monday to produce electric cars for auto brands under a similar contract model. Click here to read more.

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Porsche Taycan, the Company’s First Fully Electric Model, Outsells Flagship 911 Sports Car

In a sign that drivers are increasingly embracing battery electric models, sales of the Porsche Taycan surpassed those of the company’s influential, high performance 911 series, according to numbers the company released Friday. Click here to read more.

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Chinese CEOs Tell How They Manage in US

When its Chinese parent company invited all the managers of Phoenix Paper in Wickliffe, Kentucky, to visit China prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, one manager, an American, was fearful. After he returned to the U.S., he told people that the … Continue reading

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State Orders New Car Insurance ‘Stimulus Checks’ — Are You Due Another Refund?

While Washington stopped entertaining the idea of a fourth stimulus check, advocates and at least one state are still pushing car insurance companies to hand you some COVID-19 cash. Click here to read more.  

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2022 Kia Forte Arrives with New Design Identity and Array of Advanced Technology

The 2022 Forte compact sedan arrives with a host of enhancements including new front and rear design elements, a newly available 10.25-inch widescreen navigation display1, and an expanded suite of new and upgraded Drive Wise ADAS technology2. Click here to … Continue reading

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Windshield Falls from ASDF F-2 Fighter Plane Over City in Fukuoka

A windshield weighing some 90 kilograms fell off from an F-2 fighter jet of the Air Self-Defense Force when it was flying over the city of Asakura in Fukuoka Prefecture, on Sunday afternoon. According to the Defense Ministry’s Joint Staff … Continue reading

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There’s a Backlog at U.S. Ports. Here’s How Biden Hopes to Get You Your Goods Faster

President Biden on Wednesday addressed ongoing supply chain problems as major retailers warn of shortages and price hikes during the upcoming holiday season. The White House says plans are in place to increase capacity at major California ports and with … Continue reading

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PennDOT Warns Drivers to Look Out For Deer This Fall

More people are reporting seeing and hitting deer while on their daily commute. PennDOT is issuing a warning to drivers: keep on the look out for deer crossings. Here in the state of Pennsylvania, you have a one in 52 … Continue reading

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Don’t Rely on Safety Systems in Cars During Bad Weather, American Automobile Association Warns

The American Automobile Association (AAA) is warning drivers nationwide not to over-rely on advanced safety systems in cars, like automatic braking and lane assist systems, during inclement weather. New research from the organization found that heavy rain affects safety features … Continue reading

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Toyota is Building a Tacoma ‘Tacozilla’ Camper for SEMA

It’s almost SEMA time, and that means carmakers are concocting all sorts of wild builds for the aftermarket show. This year, Toyota is building a vehicle they’ve dubbed the Tacozilla. It’s an odd name, because while it should conjure images … Continue reading

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AGRR Magazine/glassBYTEs.com Newscast Covers Auto Glass Week™ 2009

Auto Glass Week™ 2022 is under a year away, and AGRR magazine/glassBYTEs’ team is preparing for its largest show yet. In anticipation of the San Antonio, Texas, event, rewind 11 years and catch vintage footage from 2009’s Las Vegas rendition.

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in Michigan

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Brighton, Mich. This repair center has operated as Campbell Collision since 1969. Brighton is approximately 45 miles northwest of Detroit and 50 miles southeast of Lansing. “We … Continue reading

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Waymo’s Self-Driving Taxi Struggles with Left Turns and Puddles. But it’s Still Winning Over Some Arizona Riders

Waymo says its self-driving vans have given tens of thousands of rides since the company launched a public robotaxi service in Chandler, Arizona a year ago. CNN Business tested Waymo’s service this month and spoke with eight Waymo customers who … Continue reading

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Zeeland Man Killed When Deer Crashes Through Windshield

A man driving in southwestern Michigan was killed on Tuesday when a deer crashed through the windshield of his car, authorities said. The Zeeland man was driving in Ottawa County’s Zeeland Township at about 8:30 in the morning when his … Continue reading

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Multiple Car Windows Smashed at Atlanta Dialysis Center

More than a half dozen car windows smashed out at an Atlanta dialysis center. Workers at the Emory Dialysis Center on Northside Drive tell FOX 5 it happened at around 5 Thursday morning. Click here to read more.

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UniglassPlus Markham Opens in Ontario

Uniban, a provider of automotive glass repair and replacement, celebrated the opening of UniglassPlus Markham located in Markham, Ontario. The location is owned by Vatche Najarian. His father opened his collision repair center in 1989, allowing him to grow up … Continue reading

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Allstate Selling Headquarters as More Employees Telecommute

Allstate announced it will sell its longtime headquarters near Chicago as 95 percent of its employees continue to work from home during the pandemic. After 54 years in the Northbrook, Ill., building, the insurance company told its employees on Friday … Continue reading

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Hail Storm Causes Damage Throughout Norman

A hail storm that passed through Norman on Sunday left behind damage in the area, including at local stores. Viewers shared many videos and pictures of the hail that fell Sunday evening in Norman. Some of the pictures showed that … Continue reading

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New Black Hawk Variant is a Cheaper, Go-To-War Helicopter with Digital Glass Cockpit

The United States may already have a powerful military force, but that does not mean Uncle Sam has to stop building up its muscles. In fact, the U.S. Army recently took the veil off the UH-60V—the newest variant of the … Continue reading

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Employers Have Been Offering the Wrong Office Amenities

Before you read any further, take a long, slow, deep breath. Congratulations! If you’re sitting in a typical American home, office building, or school, about 3 percent of the air you breathed in recently came out of the lungs of … Continue reading

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Tesla Auto Insurance Expanding Into Texas This Week

Tesla will launch its own brand of auto insurance in Texas this week, founder Elon Musk said during a October 7 shareholders call addressing the company’s headquarters relocation from Silicon Valley to Austin, Texas. In January the state insurance department … Continue reading

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Cryptocurrency Could Prevent Hacking of Autonomous Vehicles

Electric vehicles are here, but the part of our futuristic world that sees us being driven around in these cars without any human input remains a tricky thing to perfect. Nevertheless, autonomous vehicles and “robotaxis” are coming. Germany is getting … Continue reading

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The 2022 Geneva Motor Show is Nixed Thanks to COVID and the Chip Shortage

Organizers said Thursday that there are still too many “uncertainties” related to the pandemic and the shortage for automakers to commit to the show, which usually serves as a showcase for wild supercars, concepts, and prototypes. The hope is to … Continue reading

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Fourth Stimulus Check and Own Payments Update by State: How’s the Situation in Every One?

Some states are continuing with payments for those in and out of work this year. There has already been three proper stimulus checks sent out in the 18 months, and only really California can afford to keep up a similar … Continue reading

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The Electric Silverado Will Debut at CES With a Big Glass Roof

It’s a well-known fact that electric vehicles need big glass roofs. It’s an integral part of the EV design, and they just don’t work right without them. The Mustang Mach-E has one! Okay, bad example. The Tesla Model Y has … Continue reading

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LG to Supply ADAS Cameras for Mercedes Benz C-Class Vehicles

German carmaker Mercedes Benz has adopted LG Electronics’ front-facing cameras that will be connected to driving assistance systems. The cameras will help cars collect on-road information for various kinds of assistant features, such as automatic emergency braking. Click here to … Continue reading

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Tesla Will Move its Headquarters to Texas, Elon Musk Says

Tesla HQ is getting a new home. “I’m excited to announce that we’re moving our headquarters to Austin, Texas,” CEO Elon Musk said Thursday during a Tesla shareholders meeting. Click here to read more.

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Washington County School District Blames Tik Tok Challenge for Broken Bus Windshield

Parents and officials in the Washington County School District are concerned after a bus windshield was badly damaged as part of what could be a Tik Tok challenge. Click here to read more.

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Woman Grateful to be Alive After Two-by-Four Flies Off Semi, Smashes Through Windshield

On Tuesday, a driver in Johnson County had a close call when a piece of unsecured wood fell off a passing semi-trailer and pierced her windshield, missing her by inches. Click here to read more.

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Auto Glass Companies Remain in Franchise Top 400

Several auto glass companies rose in ranks on the Franchise Times Top 400 for 2021 list. Rankings are based on sales in 2020 by companies with franchised locations. Glass Doctor is ranked at number 238 with 191 locations, including 179 … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in New York

The Boyd Group Inc. announced its acquisition of a collision repair center in Clarence, N.Y. This repair center has operated as Stevens Collision since 1958. Clarence is located approximately 20 miles northeast of Buffalo, the second largest city in the … Continue reading

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Auto Windscreens Awarded Institute of Customer Service ‘ServiceMark’

Auto Windscreens, a United Kingdom-based windshield repair and replacement company, has been awarded a ‘ServiceMark’ by The Institute of Customer Service. It joins 62 companies nationwide with the accreditation and is one of four in the automotive sector. ServiceMark is … Continue reading

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California Orders Car Insurance Refunds for More Drivers

Millions of California drivers are due refunds on their car insurance premiums, the state’s insurance commissioner said on Wednesday. Click here to read more.

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GM Reveals Ultra Cruise ‘Hands-Free’ System That Covers ‘95 Percent’ of Driving

After years of teases, General Motors is finally pulling the curtain back on its next-generation “hands-free” driver-assist technology. Dubbed Ultra Cruise, the new system uses sensors like cameras, radars, and lidar to control a vehicle’s steering, acceleration and braking. GM … Continue reading

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Warning Over ‘Ghost Broking’ Car Insurance Fraud

Young men are particularly likely to fall victim to fraudsters selling fake car insurance, according to police figures. From January to August 2021, Action Fraud, the national fraud and cybercrime center, received 351 reports of “ghost broking.” Click here to … Continue reading

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Email Marketing is Bigger Than Ever, So Here’s How Your Small Business Should do it

Email is a critical marketing tool. Research firm Statistica reports that, in 2020, about 306 billion emails were sent and received every day worldwide, and this figure is projected to increase to more than 376 billion daily emails within the … Continue reading

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The Michigan State Police Tested the Electric Ford Mustang Mach-E, and Loved it

When Ford became the first automaker to offer a factory-issued police package in 1950, it solidified itself as the face of the police cruiser. The Blue Oval’s logo—which was actually a crest back then—is still the first thing that most … Continue reading

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Custom Glass Solutions Recognizes First Wave of Certificate Recipients in New Job Mastery Program

Custom Glass Solutions (CGS) recently held its first ceremony to deliver Certificates of Job Mastery and Task Mastery to its employees completing their job-based, structured, on-the-job training program. 156 total employees received certificate portfolios at the company’s facilities in Upper … Continue reading

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Tesla’s Self-Driving Cars a Step Toward a Future Without Auto Insurance

The phrase “asleep at the wheel” could soon lose all meaning as Tesla and other automakers push self-driving cars closer to reality. CEO Elon Musk says select Tesla drivers could get their hands on “full self-driving” software as early as … Continue reading

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Alaska Driver Killed When Piece of Metal Flies off Truck into Car Windshield on Route 95 in Danvers

A piece of metal that came off a dump truck on Route 95 in Danvers Friday morning went through a car windshield, killing the driver inside. The driver of the truck did not stop initially, but later identified himself to … Continue reading

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The Classic Cars Being Converted to Electric Vehicles

Previously, the car’s 68-year-old petrol engine would have masked most other sounds. But driving beside the Thames in London all you can hear are a few creaks, and the revving of motorbikes and other traffic passing by. Click here to … Continue reading

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Auto Insurers Face Mounting Claims Costs Post-Pandemic

Surging vehicle repair and replacement costs will significantly slash underwriting margins of the country’s car and truck insurance providers as claims rebound to pre-pandemic levels, a new report by market intelligence firm S&P Global has revealed. Click here to read … Continue reading

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Foxconn’s Lordstown Deal Sets the Stage for Apple Car Audition

Foxconn Technology Group’s planned purchase of embattled startup Lordstown Motors Corp.’s auto plant in Ohio may make it a stronger contender to assemble cars for Apple Inc., but success with the endeavor is far from guaranteed. Click here to read … Continue reading

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Alphabet’s Waymo and GM’s Cruise Get California DMV Approval to Run Commercial Autonomous Car Services

The California Department of Motor Vehicles approved autonomous vehicle deployment permits for GM-backed Cruise and Alphabet’s Waymo on Thursday. It allows the companies to charge a fee and receive compensation for autonomous services offered to the public, such as ride-hailing, … Continue reading

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4th Stimulus Check Update: New checks Coming in October

Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, West Virginia or Mississippi… is your state on the updated list for October? We’ve got updates from all the states handing out economic help. Click here to read more.

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AGRR magazine/glassBYTEs.com Newscast Covers the 2013 SEMA Show

In anticipation of the 2021 SEMA Show, take a walk down memory lane and check out AGRR magazine/glassBYTEs’ coverage of the 2013 SEMA Show. YouTube Link.

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in Pennsylvania

The Boyd Group Inc. announced its acquisition of a collision repair center in Erie, Pa. This repair center operated as Jensen’s Target Collision for the past 72 years. Erie is the fifth largest city in Pennsylvania and the primary city … Continue reading

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Guardian Automotive is Now Glavista

Guardian Automotive, an auto glass solutions provider, has rebranded as Glavista. The transition follows nearly a year of planning and means the company—now independent from Guardian—moves forward with a new identity. Glavista’s new name was revealed on September 23 during … Continue reading

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Glaston Closes Deal for New-Generation Automotive Line

The use of glass in the automotive industry is increasing in the exterior and interior, according to Glaston. New functionalities, glass types and safety requirements increase processing complexity and quality requirements. Glaston has closed a deal for an automotive solution … Continue reading

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Indoor Mask Requirement Projected for 2021 SEMA Show

2021 SEMA Show attendees can expect an indoor face mask requirement during the event on November 2-5, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nev. The projected health and safety requirement is based on current COVID-19 indicators and trends in Clark County, Nev., … Continue reading

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Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ Could be Days Away. Here’s What You Need to Know

A wider group of Tesla owners who paid up to $10,000 for what the company calls its “full self-driving” software can now ask the automaker for access to a test version of the feature. But they’ll first have to show … Continue reading

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‘Glass and Feathers’: Vulture Smashes into Patrolman’s Windshield

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol Officer had his feathers ruffled after a scary accident last week when a vulture smashed into his patrol car windshield while he was driving on a highway. Click here to read more.

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Auto Windshield Companies Struggle with Glass Shortages Due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost every industry in some way. Now, there is a shortage on glass to fix car windshields and home windows. Alabama Glass Magic said not only is it dealing with a shortage on glass, prices … Continue reading

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Car Insurance Premiums: The Most Expensive Cities for Parents of Teen Drivers

Adding a novice driver to your auto insurance plan is bound to hike the price you pay – but in some U.S. cities, it can cost parents more money. Two parents who add a 16-year-old to their full-coverage auto insurance … Continue reading

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California Says Self-Driving Vehicles Must be Zero Emission

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation that mandates all light-duty autonomous vehicles in the state to produce zero emissions, reports Tech Crunch. The law would take effect in 2030. Click here to read more.

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Cars on American Roads Keep Getting Older

The average age of vehicles on U.S. roads has been rising for decades as cars grow ever more durable — and expensive. Click here to read more.

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A Government Shutdown Could Come Friday. Is Your Small Business Prepared?

Push to get the services you must have before Friday. If you need tax assistance, a regulatory approval, advice on a project or a loan from the SBA, reach out to those agencies now before they close. Click here to … Continue reading

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GEICO to Significantly Hike Auto Insurance Rates

GEICO is set to raise auto insurance rates in Illinois by more than 6% on average – one of its highest rate increases in the state in the last six years. Click here to read more.

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Tesla Drivers Can Now Request Full Self-Driving Beta With the Press of a Button, Despite Safety Concerns

Electric vehicle maker Tesla rolled out a long-awaited software update Friday night that allows customers to request access to its controversial Full Self-Driving Beta (FSD Beta) software. Click here to read more.

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Manhole Blast Destroys Car Windshield in Edgewater

Video of the aftermath of a manhole blast Saturday morning in Edgewater shows a car’s roof and windshield destroyed and the manhole sitting on the dashboard. Click here to read more.

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Auto Glass Week™ Returns to San Antonio Sept. 14-16, 2022

• 2022 will be the largest to date • Plans include exciting new events and competitions • Great sponsorship, leadership, certification and networking opportunities Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is the only event dedicated to the original equipment and aftermarket auto … Continue reading

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Guardian Automotive Rebrands as Glavista

From humble beginnings in Detroit, Mich., in 1932, to expanding with facilities in Llodio, Spain and Karlsruhe, Germany, nearly a year of planning means Guardian Automotive is now Glavista. Glavista began as Guardian Automotive manufacturing windshields from 1932 to 1984. … Continue reading

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Auto Windscreens Wins ‘Large Employer of the Year’ at Sheffield City Region Apprenticeship Awards

Auto Windscreens, a Chesterfield, United Kingdom-based windshield repair and replacement company, is celebrating after winning the ‘Large Employer of the Year’ category at the Sheffield City Region Apprenticeship Awards 2021 last night. Held for the fourth time at the Hilton … Continue reading

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Honda Civic Hatch Adds ADAS for 2022

Honda launched the all-new 2022 Civic Hatchback as the latest member of the redesigned 11th generation Civic range, with a host of new safety features including an upgraded advanced driver-assist system suite. Click here to read more.

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Vehicle-Inspired Engagement/Wedding Rings Are a Bespoke Way to Say ‘I Love You … And my Car’

With couples again tying the knot as COVID-19 restrictions ease, and some looking to break tradition on the path to the “new normal,” a UK-based company called Scrap Car Comparison has come up with a way for ardent suitors to … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in Louisiana

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced its acquisition of a collision repair center in Shreveport, La. The repair center has operated as Crown Collision in Shreveport, the third-largest city in Louisiana, since 2017. “We welcome this cohesive team … Continue reading

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Speedy Auto Service Expands Presence in Quebec

Fix Network, a global automotive aftermarket franchise network for collision, glass and mechanical repair services, welcomed Speedy Auto Service Chateauguay to its family, expanding its reach in Quebec. Located on 81 Boulevard Saint Jean Baptiste, Speedy Auto Service Chateauguay is … Continue reading

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UniglassPlus/Ziebart Fights Hunger in Schools Through Rust Protection Program

UniglassPlus/Ziebart, an automotive glass and protection provider, partnered with Breakfast Club of Canada to bring meals to those in need. From Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2021, UniglassPlus/Ziebart locations across Canada will donate one nutritious breakfast for every rust protection … Continue reading

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National Glass Shortage Means Delays, Increased Costs for Auto Glass Repairs

If you’ve had your car broken into recently or a business window vandalized, chances are you know how difficult it is to get that glass repaired. Click here to read more.

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Tesla Insurance Could Launch in Texas Next Month, New York in 2022

Tesla Insurance is poised to launch in Texas next month and New York in 2022, according to CEO Elon Musk, who gave additional details regarding the electric automaker’s insurance initiative on Twitter last night. Click here to read more.

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FedEx Launches Autonomous Truck Routes

FedEx on Wednesday launched a new initiative that will test autonomous truck routes between Dallas and Houston. Click here to read more.

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PGW Provides Update on Hurricane Relief

PGW Auto Glass aimed to assist Louisiana after Hurricane Ida’s destructive landfall. Last week, the North American distributor donated a portion of its New Orleans branch sales to the American Red Cross. “With the help and support of our customers, … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in Illinois

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced its acquisition of a collision repair center in Burbank, Ill. This repair center operated as Millennium Auto Sales & Repair, providing services in this market since 2005. Burbank is approximately 15 minutes … Continue reading

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Ford Recalls 5,000 Mach-Es in Canada Over Loose Windshield, Roof

Owners of affected vehicles will have their windshields reinstalled and panoramic roofs glued properly at Ford dealers . . . The first recall (Manufacturer Recall Number 21C22) concerns 3,178 units sold in Canada. On these vehicles, the windshield may not … Continue reading

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MIT Study Finds Tesla Drivers Become Inattentive When Autopilot is Activated

By the end of this week, potentially thousands of Tesla owners will be testing out the automaker’s newest version of its “Full Self-Driving” beta software, version 10.0.1, on public roads, even as regulators and federal officials investigate the safety of … Continue reading

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$64 Million in COVID-19 Grants Available for Minnesota Small Businesses

A 10-day window opens Monday for applications for a new state program that offers grants to Minnesota-owned small businesses that suffered economic hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read more.

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How Pay-Per-Mile Auto Insurance Works

If the pandemic changed where you work, you may be able to get some auto insurance savings. If your commute ended or it’s now only a couple days a week—or you have always worked from home—you might benefit from pay-per-mile … Continue reading

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China Rolls out Autonomous Driving Standards as Carmakers Work Towards Making Self-Driving a Reality

China has published its first national standards for grading autonomous driving, which will come into force in March, providing a benchmark for carmakers to develop the futuristic technology. Click here to read more.

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Tesla Shares Rare Look at Cybertruck’s Giant Updated Windshield in New Video

When Tesla unveiled the Cybertruck in late 2019, Elon Musk brought out a prototype of the vehicle that featured flat panels everywhere, from its thick steel body to its massive glass components. The truck’s windshield was a great example of … Continue reading

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Mercedes’ New Thought-Driving Car was Inspired by ‘Avatar’ and it Shows

Mercedes presented in Munich a series of impressive innovations, including five fully electric vehicles, and the AVTR a car that drives with thoughts. Click here to read more.

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Hurricane Ida Destroyed so Many Cars, it Could Raise Prices Further

The average price Americans pay for a new car has set a new record for five consecutive months. It’s likely to climb still higher this month. We can cite all the usual culprits — supply shortages, an economic recovery, people … Continue reading

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Tesla Unveils its ‘Secret to a Quiet Cabin’: Proprietary ‘Tesla Glass’

It is fairly rare for Tesla to produce marketing videos about its technology outside of actual special events, but the automaker decided to release one today about ‘Tesla Glass’. Click here to read more.

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Delta Variant is so Contagious it ‘Raises the Bar’ for COVID Vaccines

The fast-spreading delta variant is so contagious, it’s exposed weaknesses in vaccine protection and changed the outlook for ending the pandemic, Moderna President Stephen Hoge said late Wednesday. Click here to read more.

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J.D. Power: Porsche, Dodge Most Appealing New Car Brands

New car owners love their Porsches and their Dodges. But nearly all new car owners are infatuated with their new cars, and mass-market brands are catching up to luxury automakers in appeal. Click here to read more.

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Ontario Welcomes ProColor Collision Facility

ProColor Collision Markville began full-scale operations in Canada this week. Formerly known as Markville Repair, the new facility reflects owner Mario Blandizzi’s 50-year association with the collision repair industry. “My older brother got me into this business,” Blandizzi says. “I … Continue reading

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Walmart to Test Self-Driving Cars in Multiple Cities with Ford and Argo AI

Walmart is expanding its self-driving vehicle program to include Ford Motor and Argo AI, an autonomous car start-up backed by the automaker. Click here to read more.

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Gerber Collision & Glass Enters 31st U.S. State

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Ankeny, Iowa. This marks the company’s entry into its 31st U.S. state. This repair center operated as Smith’s Collision & Paint. Ankeny is a … Continue reading

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PGW Donating to New Orleans Relief

With 113 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, the PGW Auto Glass family recognizes the importance of coming together, and even more so during disaster. The company will make a financial donation to the American Red Cross to impact Hurricane … Continue reading

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Tesla’s Laser Windshield Wipers Have Been Granted by U.S. Patent Office

Tesla’s insane laser windshield wiper patent has been officially granted by the United States Patent Office this week. Filed in May 2019, the U.S. Patent Office granted the application, giving Tesla an exclusive right for the invention. Click here to … Continue reading

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Chinese Driverless Car Firm WeRide Launches ‘Robovan’ for Autonomous Deliveries

Chinese autonomous driving start-up WeRide has partnered with a top carmaker and delivery company to launch a self-driving cargo van. Click here to read more.

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Thirteen Epic Cars from Mad Max: Fury Road Are for Sale

“Mad Max: Fury Road” is a gearhead’s dream. The film dives right into action, filling your eyeballs and ears with more high-octane post-apocalyptic vehicular excitement than you can process at once. Its incredible custom cars are just as important as … Continue reading

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Guess Who Profited Most in the Pandemic?

The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the Center for Economic Justice (CEJ) have estimated that auto insurance companies made a nearly $30 billion profit in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both say state insurance regulators have failed to … Continue reading

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NOVUS Glass Announces New location in Hay River, NWT

NOVUS Glass, a provider of automotive glass repair and replacement services, launched a new Canadian location in Hay River, in the Northwest Territories (NWT). Owner Mike King sees the new venture as an opportunity to expand his current tire sales … Continue reading

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GEICO Seeking to Amend Lawsuit Against Oregon Auto Body Shop

GEICO is seeking to amend its lawsuit against Leif’s Auto Collision Centers and shop owner Leif Hansen to add allegations of unjust enrichment, and to elaborate on why it is asking the court to allow the insurer to refuse to … Continue reading

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What’s Now, and What’s Next, for Truck ADAS

Over the decade that was the 2010s, one of the most exciting and fastest-growing areas of the trucking industry was the rise of advanced driver assistance systems, which may have started out as the stuff of science fiction but soon … Continue reading

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Biden to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccine for Federal Employees and Contractors

President Biden plans to sign two executive orders requiring all federal executive branch employees and contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19, with no option for weekly testing for the unvaccinated, three people familiar with the plan told CBS News. Click … Continue reading

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AGW 2022: The Big Reveal

Discover when and where Auto Glass Week™ 2022 will be held! YouTube Link.

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NSG Group Announces ADAS Partnership with Mercedes-Benz AG

The NSG Group announced that their augmented reality (AR), head-up display (HUD) technology will be showcased with the new Mercedes Benz S-Class model. The automotive glass technology features the first HUD display powered by AR, according to the company. The … Continue reading

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glassBYTEs Editorial Director Launches Book Two in Romance Series

Tara Taffera, glassBYTEs.com/AGRR magazine editorial director, launched book two last week in her Christian romance series. Love Unfailing follows Love Ordained, which was published in February 2021. While her first novel was 20 years in the making, this process went … Continue reading

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Alternative Power Vehicles Estimated to Account for 45% of U.S. Light Vehicle Sales by 2035

Sales of alternative powered vehicles, while currently representing just 5% of all U.S. light-vehicle sales today, are expected to reach 45% by 2035, according to new SEMA Market Research. Click here to read more.

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Biden’s Electric Car Plans Hinge on Having Enough Chargers

In President Biden’s vision of a green future, half of all new cars sold in 2030 will be electric. But something really basic is standing in the way of that plan: enough outlets to plug in all those cars and … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in Austin, Texas

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Austin, Texas. This repair center was founded in 1972 and operated as Don’s Paint & Body Shop. Austin is the fourth largest city in … Continue reading

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Volvo Invests in Israeli Developer of Testing Platform for Autonomous Vehicles

Multinational automaker Volvo was among a group of investors that backed Israeli mobility tech startup Foretellix, a developer of a testing and verification platform for driver assistance and autonomous driving systems. Click here to read more.

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How to Stop a Windshield Crack from Spreading

Driving on roadways does not come without risks. While most of the time your morning commute to work is uneventful, it is not uncommon for a passing car or truck to throw a rock at your windshield. Click here to … Continue reading

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Firefighter Cuts Windshield to Rescue Man Following Crash on I-95

A man was rescued Friday morning after a white Hyundai SUV he was in ended up on its side against a wall on Interstate 95 in northwest Miami-Dade. Click here to read more.

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Audi’s Grandsphere Concept is a Rolling Electric-Powered Living Room

The future of Audi’s design and engineering is previewed by this elegant Grandsphere concept sedan. The second in a trio of concepts to debut in short order, the Grandsphere shares styling elements with the sportier Skysphere coupe, but integrates a … Continue reading

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ProColor Collision Welcomes Strategic Partner in Hinton, Alberta

The town of Hinton, in Alberta, is the latest region to join ProColor Collision’s growing footprint in Canada as the collision repair brand reinforces its market presence across the country. Chris Peterson, regional vice-president of Fix Network – Western Canada, … Continue reading

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Does Car Insurance Cover Flood Damage?

Floods are some of the most common natural disasters to hit the U.S. In many areas, especially the Northeast, coastal flooding has become more frequent. Click here to read more.

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Tesla Model Y Takes Over Norway, Pushes all-Electric Car Sales to 72% Market Share

Tesla started deliveries of the Model Y in Europe last month, and within a week it became the best-selling vehicle in Norway. Click here to read more.

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Police: Man Smashes Car Window with Bat Outside of Wyandotte Restaurant in Road Rage Incident

Police in Wyandotte are searching for a man who struck a vehicle with a bat in a road rage incident. Click here to read more.

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Safelite Group Names New President

The Safelite Group announced Wednesday that Renee Cacchillo will be the auto glass group’s next president and CEO, effective Dec. 6, 2021. Current CEO Tom Feeney will become executive chairperson of Belron North America. Feeney will also assume his new … Continue reading

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AirPro Diagnostics Adds to Leadership Team

AirPro Diagnostics, a provider of remote diagnostics, scanning, programming and ADAS calibration solutions, announced the addition of two industry veterans to its leadership team—Thomas Deacon as national sales director and Brian Evces as national director of strategic accounts. Deacon is … Continue reading

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State Farm Helping Those Impacted by Hurricane Ida

Our catastrophe response team is currently assisting customers following Hurricane Ida. We are committed to handling each customer’s claim, bringing the necessary resources and the largest catastrophe response effort in the industry for the benefit of our customers. Click here … Continue reading

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Toyota Restarts Self-Driving Shuttles After Paralympics Crash with Pedestrian

A Toyota E-Palette mobility pod struck a visually impaired person using a crosswalk. Now, the vehicles are back online with additional safety measures. Click here to read more.

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All Aboard! Silver Springs State Park Welcomes First Wheelchair-Accessible Glass-Bottom Boat

Many residents and tourists have experienced the glass bottom boat tours at Silver Springs State Park over the years, and while the natural surroundings may be the same as usual, the boat — and the people who are now able … Continue reading

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Toyota Suspends Use of Self-Driving Vehicle in Olympic Village After Collision With Paralympic Athlete

A self-driving Toyota vehicle was barely moving, but it still managed to collide with a visually-impaired athlete at the Paralympic Games, raising potential concerns about the limitations of autonomous driving technology. Click here to read more.

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Might Tesla Sell Electricity in Texas Before It Can Sell Cars There?

It’s still unclear if Tesla will be able to sell cars directly to customers in Texas when a local factory opens, but the company is now looking to become an electricity supplier in the Lone Star State. Click here to … Continue reading

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Hurricane Ida: What to Know About Flood-Damaged Cars

Thousands of cars are expected to be damaged by the flood waters caused by Hurricane Ida in the southeast United States, many beyond repair. Click here to read more.

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Car Buying Goes the Way of Amazon: ‘Customers Are Ready’

Imagine buying a new car, at your home computer, in 19 minutes. That’s what MINI, the funky British marque, says is now possible. Click here to read more.

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AAPEX and SEMA Announce Health and Safety Measures

AAPEX and the SEMA Show, the two events that make up the automotive aftermarket industry’s trade gathering during the first week in November, have released information regarding health and safety measures for their respective events in Las Vegas, Nev. • … Continue reading

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Rivals Magna and Qualcomm Clash to Woo ADAS Expert Veoneer

ADAS technology is increasingly considered strategically vital. That’s why tech giants Magna International Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. have each tendered bids to acquire Swedish Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) specialist Veoneer, Inc. Click here to read more.

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Find out why Ford’s BlueCruise is No Match for Tesla’s Autopilot

Ford’s BlueCruise tech is the American automaker’s entry into Level 2 autonomy. And, despite an ongoing legal battle with GM over the name, on paper, the system is set to bring much-anticipated self-driving possibilities to both present and future Ford … Continue reading

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There’s Still ‘Billions of Dollars in Relief’ Available for Small Businesses: SBA Administrator

Small businesses in America can still capitalize on the pandemic stimulus program offered by the federal government, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman told Yahoo Finance in a new interview. Click here to read more.

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Driving Miss GEICO: Three Views from the Cockpit

If there is a truly American, rags to riches story in offshore powerboat racing, it is that of the Miss GEICO team, which exited the sport yesterday. That some 14 years ago two relatively unknown powerboat racers—Maryland’s Marc Granet and … Continue reading

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Avient Reclaims PVB from Broken Windshields to Formulate New TPEs

Avient announced that it has added reclaimed polyvinyl butyral (PVB) from car windshields and laminated architectural glass to its portfolio of reSound R thermoplastics elastomers (TPEs). Click here to read more.

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Self-Healing Living Materials Could Mean No More Cracked Windshields

Imperial College London researchers have been working with engineered living materials (ELMs) designed to take advantage of the ability to heal and replenish material innate in biology. Researchers believe ELMs respond to damage sustained in harsh environments using an integrated … Continue reading

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Fires, Probes, Recalls: The Shift to Electric Vehicles is Costing Automakers Billions

Automakers are spending billions of dollars to transition to cleaner and greener battery-powered vehicles, but the new technology has come with an even steeper cost: Reputation-damaging vehicle fires, recalls, sudden power loss and problems getting some of the cars started. … Continue reading

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GM’s $2 Billion Chevy Bolt Fire Recall Casts Shadow Over Electric Vehicle Market

GM’s $2 Billion Chevy Bolt Fire Recall Casts Shadow Over Electric Vehicle Market

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Jetta Refresh Gets More ADAS for 2022

Jetta Refresh Gets More ADAS for 2022

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Tesla Owners say Their Cars Increasingly Targeted for Break-ins

Tesla Owners say Their Cars Increasingly Targeted for Break-ins

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Man Throws Axe at Motorist’s Windshield in Road Rage Incident

Man Throws Axe at Motorist’s Windshield in Road Rage Incident

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What Will Come Out of NHTSA’s Tesla Autopilot Investigation?

What Will Come Out of NHTSA’s Tesla Autopilot Investigation?

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You’re Probably Owed a Car Insurance ‘Stimulus Check,’ Lawsuit and Critics say

You’re Probably Owed a Car Insurance ‘Stimulus Check,’ Lawsuit and Critics say

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Cities Can Have Flying Cars if They Start Working on Infrastructure Today

Cities Can Have Flying Cars if They Start Working on Infrastructure Today

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Tree Goes Through Car Windshield as Tropical Storm Henri Passes Through Massachusetts

Tree Goes Through Car Windshield as Tropical Storm Henri Passes Through Massachusetts

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Car Buyers Pay as Chip Shortage Outlook Dims

Car Buyers Pay as Chip Shortage Outlook Dims

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Waymo’s Autonomous Vehicles Have Clocked 20 Million Miles on Public Roads

Waymo’s Autonomous Vehicles Have Clocked 20 Million Miles on Public Roads

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Ford Performance Will Soon Offer an Electric Crate Motor

Ford Performance Will Soon Offer an Electric Crate Motor

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Classic Car Insurer Hagerty To Go Public via SPAC in $3 Billion Deal With Aldel Financial

Classic Car Insurer Hagerty To Go Public via SPAC in $3 Billion Deal With Aldel Financial

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States Can Pay Unemployment Benefits Past September 6 Using Pandemic Funds

States Can Pay Unemployment Benefits Past September 6 Using Pandemic Funds

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Remembering Diane Reister

Diane Reister, an auto glass repair and replacement industry veteran, passed away at 63 years old on Aug. 16, 2021. The staff at AGRR magazine and glassBYTEs sends its condolences to her family and friends during this difficult time. Reister … Continue reading

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Fix Network Appoints Scott Meehan as Regional Vice President for Quebec

Fix Network, a global automotive aftermarket franchise network for collision, glass and mechanical repair services, has announced the appointment of Scott Meehan as its regional vice president for the Fix Network Quebec. Meehan joins the company with over 20 years … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in San Diego

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in San Diego, Calif. This repair center operated as Qualtech Collision Center, served the market since 1997 and is located near the eastern border of … Continue reading

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Green Bay Man Convicted of Hit-and-Run Death in July 2020 Crash That Killed Bicyclist

Green Bay Man Convicted of Hit-and-Run Death in July 2020 Crash That Killed Bicyclist

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Musk’s ‘AI Day’ Confronts Tough Questions About Tesla’s Technology

Musk’s ‘AI Day’ Confronts Tough Questions About Tesla’s Technology

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Tesla is Under Investigation Because its Cars Keep Hitting Emergency Vehicles

Tesla is Under Investigation Because its Cars Keep Hitting Emergency Vehicles

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Meet the Winners: Customer Service (CSR) Competition Grand Champion—Jace Geffken

AGRR magazine interviewed Jace Geffken of Transparency Auto Glass in Garner, N.C., after the awards ceremony. YouTube link. 

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Tesla Cybertruck Patent Shows Sharply Bent Windshield, Glass Dash

Tesla Cybertruck Patent Shows Sharply Bent Windshield, Glass Dash

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Does Car Insurance Cover Tornado Damage?

Does Car Insurance Cover Tornado Damage?

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Audi Unveils a Shape-Shifting Concept Car

Audi Unveils a Shape-Shifting Concept Car

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G-Tech Optoelectronics Becomes OEM Supplier of Automotive 3D-Forming Cover Glass

G-Tech Optoelectronics Becomes OEM Supplier of Automotive 3D-Forming Cover Glass

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Evolution of Automotive Glazing in India: Impact of Pandemic and Road Ahead

Evolution of Automotive Glazing in India: Impact of Pandemic and Road Ahead

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In-Cab Safety Technology Improves ‘Human Connections’

In-Cab Safety Technology Improves ‘Human Connections’

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Air Ambulance Makes Emergency Landing After Collision with Bird

Air Ambulance Makes Emergency Landing After Collision with Bird

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PV Glass Producer Plans New Factory in India

PV Glass Producer Plans New Factory in India

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Nationwide Glass Shortage Impacting Butte Window Repair Shops

Nationwide Glass Shortage Impacting Butte Window Repair Shops

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Curves Pose a Bump in the Road for Driving Automation

Curves Pose a Bump in the Road for Driving Automation

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Veoneer To Begin Discussions with Qualcomm on Takeover Bid

Veoneer To Begin Discussions with Qualcomm on Takeover Bid

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Bad Credit Shouldn’t Affect Car Insurance, Experts Say. States are Listening.

Bad Credit Shouldn’t Affect Car Insurance, Experts Say. States are Listening.

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Watch a Ferrari Roma Get Trapped in a Narrow Italian Street

Watch a Ferrari Roma Get Trapped in a Narrow Italian Street

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Meet the Winners: Calibration Competition Grand Champion—Mark Rogers

AGRR magazine interviewed Mark Rogers of Mel’s Auto Glass in Cincinnati, Ohio, after the awards ceremony. Youtube Link.

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Ford is Under Investigation by NHTSA Over Rearview Camera Recall

Ford is Under Investigation by NHTSA Over Rearview Camera Recall

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Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Holds Potential Funding for U.S. Transportation Updates

Poor road and surface conditions are one major cause of broken auto glass, and a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill under debate on the United States Senate floor this week could improve conditions. The bill may delay the legislation’s August … Continue reading

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Uniban Reports Growth for First Half of 2021

Uniban, a provider of automotive glass repair, replacement and calibration, celebrated the opening of eight facilities across Canada in the first half of 2021. Uniban, home to automotive glass repair and replacement brands like UniglassPlus, VitroPlus, Go! Glass and Docteur … Continue reading

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Fix Auto Adds Cape Breton to its Atlantic Footprint

Fix Auto, a provider of collision repair services, reinforced its presence across the Atlantic region by welcoming a new location in Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. Fix Auto Cape Breton, located in the River Bourgeois area of Cape Breton, … Continue reading

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ADAS Features Must be Intuitive, Magna CEO Says

ADAS Features Must be Intuitive, Magna CEO Says

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Small Business Administration Launches New PPP Loan Forgiveness Portal

Small Business Administration Launches New PPP Loan Forgiveness Portal

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Safelite Group Acquires Advanced Glass and Trim

Safelite® Group, a vehicle glass services and recalibration company and owner of Safelite AutoGlass®, announced an agreement to acquire the assets of Advanced Glass and Trim in Jackson, Wyo. The transaction was completed on Friday, July 30, 2021. Advanced Glass … Continue reading

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Meet the Winners: Delta Kits Windshield Repair Competition (WRO) Gold Medalist—TJ Tirado

AGRR magazine interviewed TJ Tirado of Windshield Fitters Inc. in Katy, Texas after the awards ceremony. Youtube Link.

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Lidar Fast Becoming the Future of Vehicle Safety

Lidar Fast Becoming the Future of Vehicle Safety

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Arrival Van Completes First Autonomous Ride Without Driver

Arrival Van Completes First Autonomous Ride Without Driver

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Downtown Residents Frustrated by Car Break-ins

Downtown Residents Frustrated by Car Break-ins

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Thieves Break Front Door Glass of 11 Cars to Steal Music Systems in India

Thieves Break Front Door Glass of 11 Cars to Steal Music Systems in India

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K&K Glass Shifts Services to Offer Solely Auto Glass

K&K Glass announced their business operations are transitioning to auto glass only. Central State Glass will acquire all non-automotive operations from the company. “We have experienced tremendous growth over the last few years and with this growth I feel it … Continue reading

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ShowHauler Trucks Recalls Vehicles Due to Faulty Adhesive

ShowHauler Trucks Inc. (ShowHauler) announced that it is recalling certain 2018-2020 Garage Coach, Motorhome, and Toter Coach vehicles equipped with Hehr 6400 Series Windows. The adhesive that bonds the vented portion of the window may fail. The potential number of … Continue reading

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Are Car Insurers Discriminating Against Less-Educated Drivers?

Are Car Insurers Discriminating Against Less-Educated Drivers?

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Generating More Profit in Your Auto Body Shop with Windshield Repair

Generating More Profit in Your Auto Body Shop with Windshield Repair

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Struck Turtle Crashes into Driver’s Windshield on Turnpike in St. Lucie

Struck Turtle Crashes into Driver’s Windshield on Turnpike in St. Lucie

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Elon Musk Announces Tesla AI Day on August 19

Elon Musk Announces Tesla AI Day on August 19

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Biden Seeking Pledge for 40% of Car Sales to be EV by 2030

Biden Seeking Pledge for 40% of Car Sales to be EV by 2030

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Shooter Fires Randomly at Cars in Chicago, Leaves Driver with Graze Wound

Shooter Fires Randomly at Cars in Chicago, Leaves Driver with Graze Wound

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How to Keep Your Customers Happy (Even if They’re Wrong)

How to Keep Your Customers Happy (Even if They’re Wrong)

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Marelli and SMRP BV Sign a Technological Partnership for Smart Illuminated Exterior Parts

Marelli Automotive Lighting, the lighting division of global automotive supplier Marelli, and Samvardhana Motherson Automotive Systems Group (SMRP BV), a manufacturer of interior and exterior components for the automotive industry, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore a new … Continue reading

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Indiana Lawyers Suspended Over Personal Injury Cases – One Involving Geico

Indiana Lawyers Suspended Over Personal Injury Cases – One Involving Geico

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Windshield and Glass Companies See Delays, Cracks and Chips as Heat Turns Up

Windshield and Glass Companies See Delays, Cracks and Chips as Heat Turns Up

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News Flash: There Are No Self-Driving Cars for Sale Today

News Flash: There Are No Self-Driving Cars for Sale Today

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Fix Network World Expands Into Spain

Fix Network World, a global automotive aftermarket franchise network for collision, glass and mechanical repair services, announced the launch of the first six Fix Auto-NOVUS Glass locations across the country. The six new locations—Barcelona North, Arganda del Rey, Leganes, Madrid … Continue reading

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Magna Announces Agreement with Veoneer in ADAS-Inspired Move

Magna International Inc. and Veoneer Inc. announced they entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Magna will acquire Veoneer, a provider of automotive safety technology. Pursuant to the agreement, Magna will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares … Continue reading

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Corning Inc. Unveils New Augmented Reality Automotive Glass, Partnership with Hyundai

Corning Inc. Unveils New Augmented Reality Automotive Glass, Partnership with Hyundai

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Meet the Winners: Delta Kits Windshield Repair Competition (WRO) Silver Medalist—Tiffany Domingos

AGRR magazine interviewed Tiffany Domingos of JJB Auto Glass in Atascadero, Calif., after the awards ceremony.  YouTube Link

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Employee Gets Trapped Under Lift at Sipes Body and Glass

Employee Gets Trapped Under Lift at Sipes Body and Glass

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A Pole Dance You Never Want: Windshield Slows Projectile

A Phoenix, Ariz., woman escaped impalement by a metal pole Thursday while driving on Arizona State Route 51 in Phoenix. As reported by KPNX Action News on Monday, Mandy Poff was preparing to exit Route 51 about 11:53 a.m. on … Continue reading

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High-Tech Cars and Cracked Windshields Don’t Mix Well

High-Tech Cars and Cracked Windshields Don’t Mix Well

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Driverless Cars to ‘Significantly Change’ Motor Business Model

Driverless Cars to ‘Significantly Change’ Motor Business Model

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Three Felony Charges Filed Against Accused I-90 Rock Thrower

Three Felony Charges Filed Against Accused I-90 Rock Thrower

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Several Volusia County Agencies Work to Track Down Car Break-In Suspects

Several Volusia County Agencies Work to Track Down Car Break-In Suspects

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Gerber Collision & Glass to Acquire 35 Repair Centers

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced an agreement to acquire Collision Works of Oklahoma, LLC (“Collision Works”), a multi-store operation consisting of 35 collision repair centers located in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. The transaction is expected to be … Continue reading

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Meet the Winners: Delta Kits Windshield Repair Competition (WRO) Bronze Medalist—Jen Curbow

Meet the Winners: Delta Kits Windshield Repair Competition (WRO) Bronze Medalist—Jen Curbow

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Insurers Come Out of COVID Looking at AI-Based Claims Tech

Insurers Come Out of COVID Looking at AI-Based Claims Tech

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Jay Leno, Diverse Industry Leaders to be Honored at Automotive Hall of Fame Induction

Jay Leno, Diverse Industry Leaders to be Honored at Automotive Hall of Fame Induction

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Tips to Protect Your Car From Break-Ins

Tips to Protect Your Car From Break-Ins

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Elusive Glass Octopus Spotted in the Remote Pacific Ocean

Elusive Glass Octopus Spotted in the Remote Pacific Ocean

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Caliber Named to Forbes 2021 List of America’s Best Large Employers

Caliber, whose automotive service brands include Caliber Collision, Caliber Auto Care and Caliber Auto Glass, has been recognized as one of Forbes magazine’s America’s Best Large Employers. “Caliber is humbled and honored to be recognized by Forbes as one of … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in Appleton, Wisconsin

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Appleton, Wis. This repair center operated as Peotter’s Collision Center at its current location since 1992. “We welcome the Appleton team to our Gerber … Continue reading

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Auto Windscreens Reports 145% Increase in ADAS Calibrations Since 2019

Auto Windscreens, a United Kingdom windscreen repair and replacement company, has reported a 145% increase in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) calibrations since 2019. Auto Windscreens says it has completed the highest rate of ADAS calibrations ever, with 14% of … Continue reading

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Meet the Winners: AGTO 2021 Silver Medalist—Jorge Sandoval

Meet the Winners: AGTO 2021 Silver Medalist—Jorge Sandoval

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10 Year-Old Kid Uses Karate Kick to Break Car Windscreen and Rescue His Drowning Family

10 Year-Old Kid Uses Karate Kick to Break Car Windscreen and Rescue His Drowning Family

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No U.S. Litigation Between VW and Prevent

After a “protracted dispute” in Germany between Volkswagen AG and Prevent Group, the automaker told the Sixth Circuit that the auto parts maker cannot bring litigation to the U.S. VW and its U.S. unit Volkswagen Group of America Inc. filed … Continue reading

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Arrival EV Selects ADAS Partner

Arrival EV Selects ADAS Partner

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Mahindra Teases a Cool New Feature for the Upcoming XUV700

Mahindra Teases a Cool New Feature for the Upcoming XUV700

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Atascadero Resident Wins Silver for Auto Glass Repair

Atascadero Resident Wins Silver for Auto Glass Repair

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32 Accused in San Diego-Based Auto Insurance Fraud Ring

32 Accused in San Diego-Based Auto Insurance Fraud Ring

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Woman Gets Wrongful Red Light Camera Violation Retracted After I-Team Investigates

Woman Gets Wrongful Red Light Camera Violation Retracted After I-Team Investigates

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Nashik Man Finds Snake on his Maruti Ertiga’s Windshield While Driving

Nashik Man Finds Snake on his Maruti Ertiga’s Windshield While Driving

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FMCSA Plans to Increase Windshield Area to Mount Safety Devices

FMCSA Plans to Increase Windshield Area to Mount Safety Devices

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Man Taken to Hospital After Accident at Railroad Crossing

Man Taken to Hospital After Accident at Railroad Crossing

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Going Digital with Proof of Car Insurance

Going Digital with Proof of Car Insurance

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Mike’s Auto Glass Impacted by Leaky International Pipeline

Mike’s Auto Glass Impacted by Leaky International Pipeline

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Hitachi Astemo Americas and Light Collaborate on Development of ADAS Technology

Hitachi Astemo Americas, Inc., and Light, a leading provider of depth perception for vehicles, have begun “proof of concept” development of a forward-facing perception system for use with advanced driver assistance systems. The two companies will begin to field test … Continue reading

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Breakthrough Automotive Film Technology Puts AkzoNobel’s Innovation on the Radar

Innovative film technology that allows automotive manufacturers to hide radar sensors behind decorative metallic parts has been developed by AkzoNobel. The radar-transparent bright film means vehicle makers no longer have to worry about hiding sensors behind solid metal. For more … Continue reading

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UniglassPlus Kingston Opens in Eastern Ontario

Uniban announced the opening of UniglassPlus Kingston located at 670 Fortune Crescent, Kingston, ON K7P 2T3. James Peach, owner of UniglassPlus Kingston, has over 35 years of industry experience. Originally from Newfoundland, James grew up in his family’s automotive business … Continue reading

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Camera Captures Moment Deer Crashes Through School Bus Windshield

Camera Captures Moment Deer Crashes Through School Bus Windshield

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Safelite Group Welcomes New Director of Community Engagement

Safelite Group Welcomes New Director of Community Engagement

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Jorge Sandoval of Moreno Valley, California Gets the Silver Medal

Jorge Sandoval of Moreno Valley, California Gets the Silver Medal

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2022 Toyota Tundra Shows Power Sliding Rear Window in New Teaser

2022 Toyota Tundra Shows Power Sliding Rear Window in New Teaser

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New Report Shows Auto Insurance Rates Slowly Declining in Alberta

New Report Shows Auto Insurance Rates Slowly Declining in Alberta

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At Least 12 Car Windows Smashed in Bizarre Parkade Rampage in Surrey

At Least 12 Car Windows Smashed in Bizarre Parkade Rampage in Surrey

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D’Ieteren: Acquisition of a 40% Stake in TVH Parts

D’Ieteren: Acquisition of a 40% Stake in TVH Parts

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Liberty Mutual to Buy State Auto Group

Liberty Mutual to Buy State Auto Group

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Rule Change Would Increase Space to Mount Devices on Windshields

Rule Change Would Increase Space to Mount Devices on Windshields

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Sweltering Fresno Heat Causes Car Windshield Sun Protector to Melt

Sweltering Fresno Heat Causes Car Windshield Sun Protector to Melt

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Study Finds Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Not Always Reliable in Long-term Operation

Study Finds Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Not Always Reliable in Long-term Operation

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Minieye Raises Fresh Funds to Deliver 500,000 ADAS Solutions in 2021

Minieye Raises Fresh Funds to Deliver 500,000 ADAS Solutions in 2021

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Charging for ADAS Services

Charging for ADAS Services

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Breakfast Club of Canada Receives More than $10,000 from UniglassPlus and VitroPlus

UniglassPlus and VitroPlus announced that they have raised over $10,000 for Breakfast Club of Canada through its spring windshield repair program. Through the start of spring, UniglassPlus and VitroPlus owners from across the country committed to donating one nutritious breakfast … Continue reading

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The Biden Federal Trade Commission Signals an Aggressive Antitrust Enforcement Agenda

The Biden Federal Trade Commission Signals an Aggressive Antitrust Enforcement Agenda

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Refurbished Car Donated to Local Army Veteran

Refurbished Car Donated to Local Army Veteran

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Ram Says it Will Build an EV 1500 Pickup by 2024

Ram Says it Will Build an EV 1500 Pickup by 2024

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KKR to Acquire Home Services Platform Neighborly®

KKR, a global investment firm, announced that it has agreed to acquire Neighborly® (the “Company”), a provider and franchisor of home service brands, from Harvest Partners. Glass Doctor, a glass replacement, service and repair provider, is a subsidiary of Neighborly. … Continue reading

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Moreno Valley Business Owner Wins Silver at Auto Glass Week

Moreno Valley Business Owner Wins Silver at Auto Glass Week

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Broncos QB Drew Lock’s Windshield Fends off Flying Lug Nut

Broncos QB Drew Lock’s Windshield Fends off Flying Lug Nut

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Meet the Winners: AGTO 2021 Gold Medalist—Macenzie Curbow

Meet the Winners: AGTO 2021 Gold Medalist—Macenzie Curbow

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TJ Tirado of Katy, Texas Takes Gold at Auto Glass Week

TJ Tirado of Katy, Texas Takes Gold at Auto Glass Week

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James Chapman of Zanesville Medals at Auto Glass Week

James Chapman of Zanesville Medals at Auto Glass Week

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Glass-Bottomed Panda Train Debuts in China

Glass-Bottomed Panda Train Debuts in China

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PPI: Automotive-Related Products Pricing Generally Positive in May

Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry showed mostly increases in May 2021, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The monthly PPI, which includes auto glass*, increased both … Continue reading

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NHTSA Launches Interactive, Searchable Recall Dashboard

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) unveiled a new cloud-based recall dashboard to make searching for auto safety recall data easy and efficient. The dashboard offers user-friendly and transparent ways to sort, filter, visualize and export recall data, according … Continue reading

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Collision, Mechanical and Transportation Crossover is Real

Collision, Mechanical and Transportation Crossover is Real

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SpaceX’s First Civilian Crew Will Have ‘One Hell of a View’ from the Spaceship’s Toilet in a New Glass Dome

SpaceX’s First Civilian Crew Will Have ‘One Hell of a View’ from the Spaceship’s Toilet in a New Glass Dome

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Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Shooting Marbles at Cars on Highway 101

Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Shooting Marbles at Cars on Highway 101

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DuPont Named Winner of GM Overdrive Award

DuPont Mobility & Materials announced that it has won the GM Overdrive Award for its BETASEAL™ 900 EI electrically-isolating sealant in the “Accelerate Innovation” category. DuPont was one of only five companies in that category to be selected for this … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires 16 Repair Centers in South Carolina and Georgia

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the acquisition of 16 collision repair centers located in South Carolina and Georgia. These repair centers operated as John Harris Body Shops, which originated in 1975 in Columbia, S.C.. The South Carolina … Continue reading

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The Auto Industry is Distancing Itself from Tesla in Response to New Crash Reporting Rule

The Auto Industry is Distancing Itself from Tesla in Response to New Crash Reporting Rule

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Caliber Raising Funds for Heart Disease and Stroke Research

Caliber, the parent company of Caliber Collision, Caliber Auto Care and Caliber Auto Glass, is launching a new campaign to raise funds to support the American Heart Association’s life-saving heart disease and stroke research. Beginning July 1 and running through … Continue reading

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NHTSA Orders Crash Reporting for ADAS-Equipped Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a Standing General Order requiring manufacturers and operators of vehicles equipped with SAE Level 2 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) or SAE Levels 3-5 Automated Driving Systems (ADS) to report crashes. “NHTSA’s … Continue reading

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Cracked Windshield Repair in the Age of Tall-Tech Auto: It’s Not That Easy

Cracked Windshield Repair in the Age of Tall-Tech Auto: It’s Not That Easy

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Car Break-Ins Are up as Tourism Returns to San Francisco

Car Break-Ins Are up as Tourism Returns to San Francisco

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Say Farewell to the BMW i3, the Kooky Electric Hatchback That Couldn’t Quite Make it

Say Farewell to the BMW i3, the Kooky Electric Hatchback That Couldn’t Quite Make it

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Mutares Completes the Acquisition of the Majority Stake in Carglass® Maison Group from Belron

Mutares Completes the Acquisition of the Majority Stake in Carglass® Maison Group from Belron

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2021 Fortune 500 List Sees Insurance Companies Shift

Fortune’s 67th edition of its Fortune 500 list ranked America’s largest companies, detailing the pandemic’s ‘winners and losers.’ The insurance industry (property and casualty (mutual) featured several. The top five companies in this segment were: State Farm Insurance (39), Nationwide … Continue reading

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Local Fundraiser Hoping to Donate Bulletproof Windshields to Law Enforcement Vehicles

Local Fundraiser Hoping to Donate Bulletproof Windshields to Law Enforcement Vehicles

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Honda to Reveal Prologue Electric SUV: 2024 Model Developed With GM

Honda to Reveal Prologue Electric SUV: 2024 Model Developed With GM

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Miles Driven Report Shows Sharp Increase in U.S. Travel

All road and street travel in the U.S. increased by 54.6%, or 90.6 billion vehicle miles, for April 2021, compared to April 2020, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers. Overall travel for the month is estimated … Continue reading

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UniglassPlus Bradford Opens in Ontario

Uniban announced the opening of UniglassPlus Bradford located at 170 Artesian Industrial Parkway, Bradford, Ontario, L3Z 3G3. Adrian Vegnaduzzo, owner of UniglassPlus Bradford, began working in the industry part-time at a body shop during school. Although he graduated with a … Continue reading

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Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Gets $15 Billion in New US Bipartisan Proposal, New EV Rebate to Come Later

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Gets $15 Billion in New US Bipartisan Proposal, New EV Rebate to Come Later

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US NHTSA Investigates Driver Assistance Systems After Crashes

US NHTSA Investigates Driver Assistance Systems After Crashes

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6 Things Every Small Business Needs to Know About Ransomware Attacks

6 Things Every Small Business Needs to Know About Ransomware Attacks

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And Tree Breaks Three: Tesla Model 3 Gets Just That

A1 Custom Auto Glass and Electronics in Manalapan Township, N.J., does routine repair and replacement work for customers daily. But a glass replacement job on a 2019 Tesla Model 3 this month proved to be more extensive than usual. “We … Continue reading

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Car Break-Ins Frustrate Sarpy County Vehicle Owners

Car Break-Ins Frustrate Sarpy County Vehicle Owners

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2024 Volkswagen ID Buzz Spy Shots: Modern Electric Bus Starts Testing

2024 Volkswagen ID Buzz Spy Shots: Modern Electric Bus Starts Testing

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BMW Introduces Two New Electric Cars—and They’re Very Different

BMW Introduces Two New Electric Cars—and They’re Very Different

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Maintaining a Healthy Work/Life Balance

Maintaining a Healthy Work/Life Balance

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Mygrant Glass Increases Surcharge Rate Due to Ongoing Supply Chain Challenges

Rising industry surcharge rates are the latest indication of an uncertain economic recovery in the auto glass industry. Effective Monday, June 21, Mygrant Glass increased its fuel surcharge to $8 per delivery: “As we continue to navigate a very challenging … Continue reading

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Service Key for A 2 Beeline Auto Glass

Service Key for A 2 Beeline Auto Glass

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Alexandria Police Investigate 60-Car, Break-In Spree

Alexandria Police Investigate 60-Car, Break-In Spree

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Service King Donates Recycled Ride to Colorado Veteran

Service King Donates Recycled Ride to Colorado Veteran

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Have a Crack in Your Windshield? The Summertime Heat Will Only Make it Worse.

Have a Crack in Your Windshield? The Summertime Heat Will Only Make it Worse.

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Adhesive Manufacturers Talk Adhesive Supply Chain

Last week, glassBYTEs reported that suppliers have begun notifying their customers of anticipated shortages of some adhesives. Courtny Squibb, director of national product sales and distribution at NOVUS Glass, weighed in on SRP’s supply-chain management during COVID-19. “Given that our … Continue reading

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‘It Was Like a Bomb Went Off’: Shattered Sunroof Frightens and Frustrates Calgary Driver.

‘It Was Like a Bomb Went Off’: Shattered Sunroof Frightens and Frustrates Calgary Driver.

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Woman Pulled From Car Crushed by Fallen Tree, Officials Say

Woman Pulled From Car Crushed by Fallen Tree, Officials Say

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Tesla Taps New Glass Supplier for Plaid Model S

Tesla Taps New Glass Supplier for Plaid Model S

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We Try the Lexus Teammate Hands-Free Driver-Assist System

We Try the Lexus Teammate Hands-Free Driver-Assist System

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UniglassPlus Mississauga 401 Opens in Ontario

Uniban announced the opening of UniglassPlus Mississauga 401 located at 2795 Argentia Rd, Mississauga, ON L5N 8G6. Mike Cherneta and Kapi Komera, owners of CARSTAR Mississauga 401, CARSTAR Georgetown and CARSTAR Milton, invested in the addition of automotive glass repair … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in Pittsburgh

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Pittsburgh, Pa., the second largest city in the state. This location operated as Wolbert Auto Body & Repair and serviced the community for 49 … Continue reading

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Dividend Announcement: Boyd Group Services Inc. Declared a Dividend of $0.1410 Per Share

Dividend Announcement: Boyd Group Services Inc. Declared a Dividend of $0.1410 Per Share

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Mitchell Analyzes Evolving Auto Industry

Every facet of society is being re-worked and reimagined—no industry is immune to the ever-evolving ‘normal,’ which seems to shift by the quarter. Mitchell, parent company of NAGS and a provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the collision … Continue reading

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PH Vitres d’Autos Announces CEO’s Retirement

The Leadership Team of PH Vitres d’Autos announced the retirement of Mr. Mario Jutras, who held the company’s reins as chief executive officer since 1987. Jutras entered the family business in the late 1970s when he took over for his … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in Victor, New York

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Victor, N.Y. This location operated as Austin-Spencer Collision Repair Center – Victor, servicing the community for 35 years. “We welcome this experienced and well-performing … Continue reading

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Judge Refuses to Reduce Bail for Suspected Southern California Freeway BB Gun Shooter

Judge Refuses to Reduce Bail for Suspected Southern California Freeway BB Gun Shooter

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Lincoln Going Full EV by 2030, Starting With an Electric SUV in 2022

Lincoln Going Full EV by 2030, Starting With an Electric SUV in 2022

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Judge Approves Settlement for Subaru Class Action Case

On June 11, New Jersey Federal Judge Renee Marie Bumb gave final approval to a settlement in Khona, et al. versus Subaru of America Inc. The settlement gives a class of Subaru owners extended warranties and a reimbursement program to … Continue reading

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AsTech Acquires Mobile Tech RX

Repairify, Inc. d/b/a asTech (“asTech”), a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, LLC (“Kinderhook”), announced today the acquisition of Mobile Tech RX (“Mobile Tech RX” or the “Company”). Mobile Tech RX is an automotive and collision reconditioning application with over 4,000 … Continue reading

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Breaking Glass: It’s Rare, but Windows and Sunroofs are Shattering

Breaking Glass: It’s Rare, but Windows and Sunroofs are Shattering

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Burnham Park Car Windows Smashed, Tires Slashed

Burnham Park Car Windows Smashed, Tires Slashed

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What to Do If Your Windshield Takes Damage While Driving

What to Do If Your Windshield Takes Damage While Driving

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Committees Meet in Orlando

The Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) and its National Windshield Repair Division (NWRD) met Wednesday and Thursday June 9 and 10 in Orlando as Auto Glass Week ’21 was winding down. The Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS) Committee met, … Continue reading

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As Tourism Returns, Vehicle Break-Ins Rising in San Francisco

As Tourism Returns, Vehicle Break-Ins Rising in San Francisco

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Windshields Smashed After Rocks Thrown from N.S. Highway Overpass

Windshields Smashed After Rocks Thrown from N.S. Highway Overpass

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Driver Kicks Out Box Truck Windshield During 101 Freeway Chase

Driver Kicks Out Box Truck Windshield During 101 Freeway Chase

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Cop Car Has Bulletproof Glass and Armored Doors

Alfa Romeo Giulia Cop Car Has Bulletproof Glass and Armored Doors

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Auto Glass Week Ends on a High, Celebratory Note

Auto Glass Week concluded on Wednesday with the announcement of the winners in the windshield repair and auto glass replacement competitions. The successful event proved the industry was ready to come back together, learn how to further their business, and … Continue reading

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Industry Supply Chain Challenges Continue

Suppliers are beginning to notify their customers of anticipated shortages of some adhesives. Pam Oliver, sales representative at Mygrant Glass Company, recently addressed raw material supply chain challenges in an email to the company’s U428+ users: “Dow is having difficulty … Continue reading

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Tucson-Based Auto Dealership Opens Car ADAS Calibration Center

AirPro Diagnostics and Car ADAS Solutions have announced that an affiliate of Tucson-based O’Rielly Chevrolet will open an ADAS calibration center, Tucson ADAS Calibration Center LLC (TACC), to serve the Tucson and Southern Arizona markets. “We welcome TACC to the … Continue reading

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Glass Manufacturer Set to Create New Jobs in Beaufort County

Glass Manufacturer Set to Create New Jobs in Beaufort County

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Drivers, Fleets Become More Comfortable With Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Drivers, Fleets Become More Comfortable With Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

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2021 Auto Glass Week Competition Winners Announced

The winners of the Pilkington Clear Advantage Automotive Glass Technician Competition (AGTO), Delta Kits Windshield Repair Competition (WRO) and the grand champions of the Calibration and Customer Service (CSR) competitions were announced Wednesday night at Auto Glass Week™ 2021 in … Continue reading

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Tech Change is the Theme at Auto Glass Week Close

“The car is a computer on wheels, and you need to be educated on its software and technology,” was the ominous warning issued by the closing speaker as the Auto Glass Week education program concluded in Orlando. Frank Terlep is … Continue reading

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UniglassPlus Shediac Opens in New Brunswick

Uniban, a Canadian automotive glass repair and replacement, recently announced the opening of UniglassPlus Shediac located in Shediac New Brunswick. Serge Leger, owner of UniglassPlus Shediac, has had glass repair capabilities for years. However, the team was looking to grow … Continue reading

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Root, Inc. Announces Entry into Wisconsin

Earlier this week Root Inc., the parent company of Root Insurance Co., announced that Root is now available to the 4.3 million drivers in Wisconsin, making it the company’s 31st state. Founded in Columbus, Ohio, Root Insurance says it is … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week: Calibration Takes the Stage

A staple of Auto Glass Week is the annual ADAS Summit, and this year was no different–show attendees were eager to hear of the latest on calibration. Two special panels took place, where experts in the field shared best practices, … Continue reading

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AGTO, WRO Narrow Down Finalists

It wouldn’t be Auto Glass Week without the Auto Glass Technician Competition (AGTO) and Windshield Repair Competition (WRO). Preliminaries have been held over the last two days and now both fields have been narrowed down to four finalists. Vying for … Continue reading

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NOVUS Glass Welcomes New Location in Richmond, BC

NOVUS Glass, an international name in automotive glass repair and replacement services, now has a new location in Richmond, British Columbia. Owner operator Victor Law has been in the automotive business for more than 25 years, beginning with operating a … Continue reading

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Caliber Announces Sherry Vidal-Brown as Chief People Officer

Caliber, parent company of Caliber Collision, Caliber Auto Glass, Caliber Auto Care and Protech Automotive Solutions, has announced the appointment of Sherry Vidal-Brown as chief people officer. In this role, she will support the company’s purpose, Restoring the Rhythm of … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ Revs into Second Gear—Day Two

Auto Glass Week swung into full gear today, the second day of the annual industry conference taking place this week in person in Orlando, and offering a virtual component as well. A full day of conference educational sessions began with … Continue reading

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Safelite Group Acquires Breaker Glass Co.

Safelite® Group, a national vehicle glass services and recalibration company and owner of Safelite® AutoGlass, has agreed to acquire the assets of Breaker Glass Co. in Placerville, Calif. The transaction was completed on Friday, June 4, 2021. “We’re pleased to … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week Kicks Off in Orlando

Auto Glass Week, the industry’s annual gathering kicked off today in Orlando before a large audience, and still more participating virtually. Opening day, complete with exhibitors, competitors and seminars, was a welcome attraction for so many who had not been … Continue reading

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Mopar Launches Certified Glass Installer Program

Mopar is launching an industry-first automotive glass-repair certification program called the Mopar Certified Glass Installer Program, which the company says leverages the collision repair educational expertise of the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR®). Mopar information states that the … Continue reading

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NOVUS® Glass Welcomes New Franchisees Joshua Gille and Mark Kim

NOVUS Glass announced the addition of new franchisees, Joshua Gille and Mark Kim, to their NOVUS franchise network. Joshua and Mark are the new owners of the NOVUS Glass franchise in San Gabriel, Calif. “NOVUS Glass has a world-class repair … Continue reading

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Alabama’s Auto Industry Looks to Add More Than 3,000 New Jobs in Wake of COVID

Alabama’s Auto Industry Looks to Add More Than 3,000 New Jobs in Wake of COVID

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Man Charged in Freeway BB Gun Shooting Denies Attacks in Jailhouse Interview

Man Charged in Freeway BB Gun Shooting Denies Attacks in Jailhouse Interview

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Tesla Armor Glass Patent Reveals ‘Bulletproof’ Secret to Cybertruck Durability

Tesla Armor Glass Patent Reveals ‘Bulletproof’ Secret to Cybertruck Durability

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Apple’s New Patent Focuses on Windshield Area Intrusion Control

In what could be a revolutionary development for the auto industry, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has officially granted Apple a patent related to windshield area intrusion control. Apple’s granted patent (11,021,126), which has been covered and analyzed by … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ Welcomes ALLDATA as a Cobalt Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is pleased to welcome ALLDATA as a Cobalt sponsor to the world-class event starting next week in Orlando. ALLDATA provides unedited OEM automotive repair and collision information. Its more than 115,000 subscribers worldwide rely on ALLDATA … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week Announces Updated Health Protocols

Organizers of the upcoming Auto Glass Week™ have announced new safety and health protocols for the event. In accordance with CDC guidelines, AGW now has its final health safety protocols in place. These include: 1. Not attending if you are … Continue reading

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Ford Sunroof Class Action Lawsuit Alive on Appeal

Ford Sunroof Class Action Lawsuit Alive on Appeal

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Atlanta Residents Fed up With Car Break-Ins Demand Changes to City’s Approach

Atlanta Residents Fed up With Car Break-Ins Demand Changes to City’s Approach

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Auto Glass Safety Becomes Law in Maryland

Auto glass safety legislation requiring the state to adopt regulations that “meet or exceed” the ANSI/AGSC/Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS) has been enacted by the State of Maryland. The bill was passed by the state legislature in April and … Continue reading

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Go! Glass Okotoks Opens in Alberta

Uniban announced the opening Go! Glass Okotoks located at 112 South Bank Boulevard, Okotoks Alberta, T1S 0L3. This is the third facility for Go! Glass Okotoks for owners Remon Toma, Hilal Toma and Zuhair Toma who also own Go! Glass … Continue reading

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Novus Glass Welcomes New Location in Truro, Nova Scotia

Mark Weeks, regional vice president – Atlantic for Fix Network, welcomed NOVUS Glass Truro into its network, introducing advanced glass repair and replacement services in the Nova Scotia town of Truro. “We’re delighted to welcome NOVUS Glass Truro and its … Continue reading

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Attending Auto Glass Week™? Show Your Badge, Save Money and Have Fun

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) and Visit Orlando have teamed up to provide attendees with even more great ways to enjoy their stay in the Sunshine State and even save a few dollars. AGW, June 7-9 at the Orange County Convention … Continue reading

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U.S. Agency Says Employers can Mandate COVID-19 Vaccination

U.S. Agency Says Employers can Mandate COVID-19 Vaccination

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Allstate Seeks to Keep Safelite Documents Under Wraps

The flurry of motions in preparation for a November trial has continued in insurance giant Allstate’s federal litigation against Auto Glass America and its owner Charles Isaly (AGA). The most recent back and forth involved Allstate’s filing of a Motion … Continue reading

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GEICO partners with Tractable to Accelerate Accident Recovery with AI

GEICO, the second-largest auto insurer in the US, is partnering with Tractable to accelerate its auto claim and repair process. Tractable’s proprietary computer vision technology, trained on millions of historical claims, assesses vehicle damage like a human appraiser. Inserting AI … Continue reading

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AGRR™ Magazine Offers FREE Trade Show Pass to Auto Glass Week™

AGRR™ magazine offers a FREE Trade Show Pass to attend Auto Glass Week™ (AGW). This year’s event will be held June 7-9 in Orlando, Fla. in the Orange County Convention Center. Attendees can attend in person in Orlando or online … Continue reading

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New John Bean Tru-Point ADAS Calibration Tool Debuts at Auto Glass Week

New John Bean Tru-Point ADAS Calibration Tool Debuts at Auto Glass Week

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First Drive: No Windshield, No Problem. The Aston Martin V12 Speedster is Both Breathtaking and Bracing

First Drive: No Windshield, No Problem. The Aston Martin V12 Speedster is Both Breathtaking and Bracing

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MA Right to Repair Law Headed to Trial

The issue of a consumer’s “right to repair” was in the news last week with the release of the Federal Trade Commission’s “Nixing the Fix” Report to Congress. Massachusetts has been “ground zero” on the issue with passage of voter … Continue reading

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UniglassPlus Stouffville Opens in Ontario

Uniban announced the opening of UniglassPlus Stouffville located at 61 Ringwood Drive, Unit 1, Stouffville Ontario, L4C 8C1. Vatche Najarian, owner of UniglassPlus Stouffville, grew up in the collision repair industry. Vatche’s father, Hratch, opened his collision repair center in … Continue reading

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First-Time Attendees Take Note: These 3 Tips Can Improve the AGW Experience

Event planners know that the customer experience is the top priority. The Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) team is proud that, in post-event surveys, more than 87 percent of attendees say they would return the following year. Value creation is key: … Continue reading

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AsTech Gears Up for Auto Glass Week

In anticipation of Auto Glass Week™, asTech’s Jake Rodenroth, Director of OEM and Industry Technical Relations, is gearing up for Calibrations: “Are You Calibrating Correctly?”—his live demo at the Orange County Convention Center on Monday, June 7 from 3 p.m. … Continue reading

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More Than 100 Vehicles Have Been Struck by Projectiles Along a Busy Southern California Freeway

More Than 100 Vehicles Have Been Struck by Projectiles Along a Busy Southern California Freeway

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McLaren Adds Windshield Option to Elva Speedster

McLaren Adds Windshield Option to Elva Speedster

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Ford CEO Says U.S. Needs to Regulate Automated Driving Systems

Ford CEO Says U.S. Needs to Regulate Automated Driving Systems

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AGW Welcomes Protech Automotive Solutions as a Cobalt Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is excited to announce that Protech Automotive Solutions has signed on as a cobalt sponsor. Protech’s certified technicians restore vehicle-safe driving technology systems to manufacturer specifications—such as blind-spot monitoring and collision avoidance. AGW is created and … Continue reading

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Man, 32, Arrested in Connection With Car-To-Car Shooting on 91 Freeway as Investigation Continues Into Other Incidents