Posted on 9/26/2016 4:00 AM By Only 1 Auto Glass
If you have a crack or chip in your windshield, you will want to get it repaired quickly. This can preserve the integrity of the windshield and prevent further damage. However, upon seeing the repair, you may be a bit concerned. Most of the time, you can still see the crack, chip or star where the windshield was damaged. This may leave you wondering why you needed a repair when the damage is still visible. Here are a few frequently asked questions you may have about this topic.
Posted on 9/12/2016 4:00 AM By Only 1 Auto Glass
No one wants a rock to hit their windshield. Unfortunately, it is something that is fairly common. Rocks may fly out of trucks carrying gravel or rocks, debris on a roadway may be kicked up while cars drive over it, or a rock may be kicked up from a dirt roadway as you drive along it. Regardless of why or how it happened, you need to know what to do if a rock hits your windshield and leaves a chip behind. Here are the steps you should follow if you find yourself in this situation.
Posted on 8/8/2016 4:00 AM By Only 1 Auto Glass
If you have a crack in your windshield, you may have many questions about it. Do you really need to get it repaired and are there different ways of repairing it. Getting answers to the questions you have will help you to better understand how to proceed. Here is what you need to know if you have a windshield crack.
Posted on 7/25/2016 4:00 AM By Only 1 Auto Glass
When you hear car companies talk about vehicle safety features, they rarely mention the windshield. And while it looks like every other piece of glass, it functions differently.
Posted on 6/20/2016 4:00 AM By Only 1 Auto Glass
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.
Posted on 6/6/2016 4:00 AM By Only 1 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.
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.
Posted on 5/23/2016 4:00 AM By Only 1 Auto Glass
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.
Posted on 5/2/2016 4:00 AM By Only 1 Auto Glass
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.
Posted on 3/7/2016 4:00 AM By Only 1 Auto Glass
Everyday our phone rings and our inbox is filled with questions about our auto glass replacement and windshield repair services. Here is a list of ten of the more frequently asked questions we get about our auto chip repair and auto glass replacement services.
Posted on 2/1/2016 4:00 AM By Only 1 Auto Glass
Everyday, thousands of windshield auto chips occur across the country. While getting a windshield rock chip may be a negative, it can be good news. A windshield rock chip, for example, is proof that your auto glass successfully protected you and your occupants. Secondly, a rock chip repair is more affordable and easier to handle than a complete windshield replacement. It is important it get any rock chip repair taken care of quickly to minimize the damage.