How the windshield has changed over the last few decades
“From the dawn of the automotive age up until around the early 1970s, a windshield’s job was simple – keep rain and snow away from the car’s occupants.
In the mid-1970s, windshields took on a more active role adding structural integrity to the car’s body thereby increasing occupant safety. In the mid-1980s, the windshield served as an integral part of an airbag system, ensuring that the airbag was able to stay in front of the vehicle’s front-seat occupants mitigating injury. Today, the windshield not only protects occupants, but serves as a protective cover for front-facing cameras as part of the car’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). It becomes, in effect, a “second lens” that the camera must “look” through. So, it is imperative that the glass acuity be clear, precise and unobstructed – and that the camera is recalibrated upon the windshield’s replacement.
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The complexity of today’s windshields really has changed the typical cost of replacing them in regards to parts and labor. Due to this increased cost, insurance companies are more reluctant to compensate for these charges. Soon, these high-tech windshields might become commonplace leaving drivers with no choice but to replace them at OEM prices.
Whether your windshield has ADAS or not, we strive to provide the most competitive pricing and quality service in the twin cities area. For more information call 612-343-8984 or visit our auto glass page.