Car Features and Options
No longer are the days of a windshield being a pane of glass.
With the exponential rise of new car technologies comes new auto glass features.
Luckily, we can perform repairs and replacements on all of them.
If you are still not 100% on what feature is what, here is some more information!
When selecting your needed service for a quote, these are the car features we are referring to.
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Lane Assist (Lane Departure Warning)
A significant amount of accidents involve a driver swerving from their lane. Luckily, modern technology has worked to combat these mistakes using Lane Assist.
Overall, Lane Assist is a camera placed at the top of your windshield. If it notices that the vehicle is straying from its designated position, it will give the driver a warning. Furthermore, these warnings usually insist of audible noise, flashing lights, or vibration through the steering wheel (or a combination of the three).
If your vehicle warns you when you swerve from your lane, your windshield has Lane Assist!
Colorado winters can be harsh. Not only is there a plethora of snowfall, but ice can appear on your windshield within a flash. Frigid early mornings scraping your auto glass is not fun. Car manufacturers have worked to combat brutal winters with heated car features.
The Heated Windshield follows its name. There is a very thin stretch of tungsten wire beneath the glass. When the feature is turned on, the wire heats up, allowing the windshield to melt the ice and snow before driving.
What is the point of modern technology if it’s not making tasks autonomous? What is the point of car features if they don’t turn themselves on? Welcome to the wonderful world of Rain Sensors.
Rain Sensors work through reflection. Without diving into the technicality of the feature, we will simplify it. The Rain Sensor uses infrared light displayed on your windshield. When rain obscures the light, the mechanism automatically starts your windshield wipers. Furthermore, the more rain, the faster the windshield wipers will move.
Basically, the Rain Sensor starts and controls your wipers for you. No use in turning a knob!
Your windshield fogging up during a rainy day can be a visual hamper on your drive. Fiddling with your defrost and climate control options can take your eyes away from the road. Paying attention is a crucial key to driving safely. If you have to advert your attention or look through hazy glass, you are multiplying your chances of accidents.
The Condensation Sensor is usually located near your rearview mirror. It automatically detects a change in condensation inside the vehicle. If it notices that the windows are beginning to fog, it will control the air system to combat it.
The Light Sensor is one of the simplest car features. In fact, the earliest type of sensor has been around since the 1950s. Luckily, there is no confusing name when it comes to the Light Sensor.
Henceforth, the Light Sensor detects light surrounding the vehicle. If it notices that it’s dark out, it will turn on your headlights and vice versa. It’s that simple!
Night vision isn’t only for cats and owls. With the magnificence of modern technology comes one of the most impressive car features.
Night vision is a result of an infrared sensor on the front of the vehicle. Through heat detection, the sensor can display surrounding objects on the car’s dashboard. This increased sensory allows drivers to see animals and vehicles in front of them clearly, regardless of the surrounding light condition.
While night vision is not a mainstay on modern vehicles yet, a mass amount of newer models have the feature.
Heads Up Display
The Heads Up Display (HUD) is one of the objectively coolest car features on new vehicles. Basically, it is a light projection on the dashboard. This projection displays things like your speedometer and incoming alerts.
These navigational indicators make it so a driver never has to take their eye off the road, not even to check their ongoing speed. It’s both fascinating and impressive.
Infrared windshields are an impressive look into the future of auto glass. While not an additional camera or sensor like the other features on this list, the Infrared windshield is a pane of glass made of reflecting material that deters direct sunlight. This technology causes less sunlight to enter the vehicle, increasing vision ability and cutting down the need for air conditioning. Your car interior stays cooler and your vision stays unimpaired.
Forward Collision Alert
The Forward Collision Alert is a small camera fixated on the windshield. It works to detect the conditions of the road in front of you. If an obstacle comes in your path (i.e. a stopping car or animal), it will provide a visual or audio alert.
Furthermore, the integrity of your windshield is crucial for the Forward Collision Alert to work. If your windshield is slightly cracked or chipped, it’s crucial to get it fixed immediately. If not fixed when small, the crack can spread, causing you to need an entire windshield replacement.
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