The auto glass market is ever-changing and always growing. In 2020, the market was valued at $19 billion and is expected to reach $23 billion by 2026. Although many industries – including auto glass – experienced temporary closures and financial hits during the Coronavirus pandemic, the recovery has been quick, steady, and highly promising.
Much of this can be attributed to the fact that technological advancements have vastly changed how the auto glass industry functions. Gone are the days of simple glass on windshields – now we consider new types of glass, cameras, and other additions to the structure. When safety is top of mind and technology opens new doors, the possibilities are endless.
Stronger, Lighter . . . Faster?
Auto glass that is stronger but lighter is one of the greater technological advancements in recent years. Why? Well, strength certainly means increased safety, while decreasing weight improves fuel efficiency. Premium and sports car owners are very intrigued by these advancements. A consumer is more likely to be impressed by an efficient, high-performing, and safer vehicle across the board – not to mention replacements are quicker and easier.
What is this new glass? It is chemically tempered and essentially, the same glass that keeps your smartphone from shattering. Who would have ever thought we’d see that happen?
Smart Glass – The Latest Market Trend?
Speaking of advancements in glass, smart glass is the latest update in the market. Smart glass, like the name suggests, provides more intelligent options and features than its predecessors. It offers superior functionality in security, privacy, and even temperature control. Currently, smart glass is found in more premium vehicles, but its increased popularity has reached the desks of those producing mainstream vehicles – like Mercedes and Volvo.
Consumers have shown an increased interest in sun and moon roofs, finding they are more likely to purchase a vehicle with this included. This demand has caused an increased need for additional auto glass to build these into newer models in mainstream vehicles – within the likes of Honda and Toyota. What is the preferred auto glass? That’s right – smart glass.
Without a doubt, the auto glass industry is constantly evolving. As the demand for electric vehicles increases, so do the technological advancements of vehicles. It seems every manufacturer is looking to come up with the next big thing. With any addition comes the need for a windshield or other auto glass that can support the camera or other new contraption’s functionality. Even if it’s not an electric vehicle, we’re sure to continue to see other improvements including fuel efficiency, durability, safety features, and more.
You can count on Glass America to be on top of every innovation in vehicles – we are committed to ensuring we can serve our customers properly and assure them of their safety even when auto glass needs repairs or replacements.