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Window Replacement: When a Repair Just Won't Do

Modern technology allow for windshield repairs to be conducted in many common situations that occur for every driver. It’s a bit out of the ordinary as some drivers go their entire life without ever having a damaged windshield, but common enough that you probably know somebody who has had a repair performed in the past. Outside of repairs, some cases simply require a full replacement, or at times it may make more sense to do the replacement than attempt repairs.

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Windshield Repair Costs

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably never considered what a damaged windshield might cost to either repair or replace until you actually have a broken windshield, at which point you have no idea what expense it may incur. The problem repair companies have with giving a phone estimate is each situation is different and requires an inspection in person to determine exactly what is needed to conduct the repair properly. There are a few general concepts you should consider when your windshield is in need of repair.

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Six Simple Steps You Can Take to Help Prevent Your Car From Getting Hacked Into

As our vehicles become more and more technology driven, they are becoming more and more accessible to being hacked. Why should you be concerned? Well, if your technology driven car is hacked, a multiple of negative issues can results. It may allow unauthorized access or even the stoppage of your car while you are driving it. There are however, steps you can take to minimize the risks. Here are six simple steps you can take to help prevent your car from getting hacked.

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Augmented Reality Windshields: The Future of Auto Glass?

Fans of racing video games are familiar with seeing a dotted line twisting on the road ahead of them as they race along the track in the game. Usually after you get the hang of the game, you turn the guiding lines off. But what if that same "augmented reality" technology could be used on real life auto glass?

Auto glass and technology experts have been exploring ideas related to augmented reality windshields for several years. Some of the initial ideas for the high-tech windshields include displaying important information such as speed, navigation directions, or information about nearby restaurants or hotels directly on the windshield.

At the moment, these high-tech windshields are more of a concept than a reality, but researchers say that augmented reality windshields could go into production as soon as 2020 with approval from manufacturers.

How do the windshields work?

The information displayed on the windshield would most likely be projected on the glass from a small projector mounted on the dashboard. This design would be the easiest way to project the information, although light-emitting film on the glass itself could be another option. A third augmented reality option is for the driver to wear a visor that displays information in front of them, similar to Google Glass. The augmented reality technology will incorporate eye-tracking technology to make sure that the information is displayed properly within the driver's field of vision. 

Driving Distraction

One of the biggest challenges that the designers of augmented reality windshields face is making sure that they project necessary information in a way that is not distracting to the driver. Researchers recognize that putting too much information on the screen could make drivers feel like they are actually in a video game, which would not have good consequences! Researchers hope to strike a balance by providing only necessary information and displaying it in an unobtrusive way.

Driver Training Tool

The possibilities of using augmented reality windshields for driver training are very exciting and promising, both for new drivers and for professionals on a race track. Augmented reality technology could map out a race track or a route to work and show where the best places to brake and accelerate are, just like in a video game! This technology could help drivers make better decisions on the road everyday.

We know that if your augmented reality windshield gets a chip in it, you'll want to contact us to get it repaired right away! For all of your windshield repair and auto glass replacement needs, contact Only 1 Auto Glass, your auto glass experts for the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.

Why You Need Prompt Windshield Repair

If you’re like most drivers, you probably don’t think much about the value and function of the windshield other than to clean it as needed. If it gets a chip, ding or crack you may decide to put off repairs as it doesn’t seem like a major problem that needs to be addressed immediately. However, nothing is further from the truth. The windshield is an integral aspect of your car’s safety and damage can only get worse. There really is no valid reason to let the repair wait until it simply has to be conducted in order to continue driving the car.

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Your Car's Rear Windows

Most people have had to replace their car’s windshield at some point in time. You may have had an experience of having to replace a side window as well, but much less common is damage to the rear window. Road debris can’t typically strike your rear window while driving and cause the same type of damage as what can happen to your front windshield. However, the rear window is an integral part of the car’s design and is expected to maintain its purpose when you’re driving down the road.

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Window Replacement Details

Unless you happen to be the most unlucky person on the planet, you probably don’t have much experience with replacing the windows on your car. It is, however, something that comes up on occasion and it never hurts to have an idea of what the project entails beforehand. Rather than listening to second hand reports about what other people have experienced, take it from the horse’s mouth from a professional specialist in auto window repair about what is involved should you need window replacement service.

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Play Ball! It's Been a Tough Spring Training on Windshields

Spring is finally in the air. Baseball season is upon us and along with the crack of the bat, it is bringing some cracked, broken and damaged windshields along with it. It has been a tough pre-season for windshields owned by people who just may have picked the wrong parking spot while attending a spring baseball game. In one case, the damage was self inflicted.

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Replacement Vs. Repair: How Do You Know Which is Needed?

If you have a crack or chip in your windshield, you may find yourself wondering whether the windshield can be repaired or whether it needs to be completely replaced. This can help you budget the necessary amount of money and find a windshield repair or auto glass replacement company to assist you. Here are a few guidelines that will help you determine whether repair or replacement is needed for your cracked windshield.

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The Importance of Repairing a Cracked Windshield Quickly

Imagine this: You are driving along, when suddenly, you hear a thud against your windshield. You look over and see a chip or crack left behind by the rock that seems to have smacked right into your windshield. When this happens, you know that you need to get your windshield repaired, but you may not realize just how quickly it should be done and why. Here are some of the reasons why auto glass repair should be done in a timely manner.

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