Windshields and auto glass are designed to contribute to safety, design, sophistication and in the coming years, a lot more.
Windshields, too, have joined the innovation party.
They are being fabricated with stronger, thinner and more lightweight materials. Like carbon fiber, glass is becoming strong enough to contend for structural roles.
Not only will car designers start using more of it, but glass is being used as an interface to run entire Internet of Things (IoT) systems, from entertainment to cloud connectivity, from 3D imaging to vehicle-to-vehicle communications.
Here are six trends showing a clear view on the future of auto glass: