A display as big as your windscreen.
Augmented Reality May Become a Reality by 2016 .
Displaying navigation information on car windshields may become reality in less than a decade.
If thin, transparent and curved display panels could be attached to a windscreen, drivers would be able to see navigation information displayed there.
There are challenges to this application, namely cost and durability. The inside surface of a windscreen (surface 4) takes abuse, such as parking stickers. This has been the main factoring for not using polycarbonate as the inner layer. Previously HUD worked with aid of a wedged Poly Vinyl Butyral (PVB). Now it looks like that may change. Head-up displays make driver and vehicle information easily accessible by projecting it onto the windshield just below the driver´s line of sight.
Glass is not the designer’s only option to glaze an opening. Lightweight materials may find exciting opportunities in the automotive industry as a means of increasing fuel efficiency. With 75% of fuel consumption relating directly to vehicle weight, potential weight reductions that result in improved price-performance ratio promote use of lightweight materials. One of the key plastics used in automotive sector is polycarbonate (PC). PC has dominated the market for vehicle headlamp covers for 15 years, and now it challenges glass in windows. Plastics are lightweight materials ideal to improve fuel efficiency and design flexibility without compromising on performance or safety.
Manufacturing Float Glass Step-by-step.
Before glass gets into your car, truck, or SUV as a finished product that you look through, roll up or down, cover your engine bay, or the countless other things you can with the finished glass product, it must be ‘floated’ or made from raw materials.
Main Types of Glass and Alternative Materials used in Automotive.
Today, flat (float) glass comes in many highly specialised forms intended for different products and applications. Flat glass produced by way of the float process is often further processed to give it certain qualities or specificities. In this way, the industry can meet the various requirements and needs of the automotive and subspecialties like solar absorption or reflectance.
Characteristics of Automotive Glass
The worlds glazing manufacturers are constantly striving to deliver products that provide the best possible technological solutions to meet automobile manufacturers' and end-users' needs from a comfort, safety and security perspective, whilst at the same time helping the industry to meet its climate commitments.
Innovative uses for Glass.
As we design the future of transportation we constantly challenge ourselves to do better, use old materials in ways not used before, and use new material to create the previously unattained. Use lighter weight materials to increase fuel economy. We continue to design for style. The automotive glass designer maybe called upon to use non-traditional materials for traditional openings. They may have the opportunity to fill openings other than a windshield or backlite with glass. They also may be asked to have their glass do more than act as a translucent panel. Glass has many uses due to its resistance to extreme thermal changes and good structural integrity. Glass is such a versatile commodity, increasing more useful as we develop apps, touch screens, and interactive surfaces.