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Looking Ahead at the Auto Glass Market for the Rest of 2022

The ever-changing auto glass market was valued at $19 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $23 billion by 2026. Despite experiencing temporary closures and financial hits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, like many industries, the recovery has been quick, steady, and highly promising.

Technological advancements have vastly changed how the auto glass industry functions and this is expected to continue. Simple glass on windshields is no longer a reality. Modern cars use 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.

Auto Glass is Stronger & Lighter Than Ever

Auto glass is stronger than ever before while still being lighter. Anyone in the industry will agree this is one of the greatest technological advancements in recent years. Strength means increased safety but making lighter auto glass improves fuel efficiency. Premium and sports car owners are very intrigued by these advancements. There’s no doubt that consumers are likely to be impressed by an efficient, high-performing, and safer vehicle across the board – not to mention replacements are quicker and easier. This new glass is chemically tempered and essentially, the same glass that keeps modern smartphones from shattering.

Smart Glass for Your Car

Smart glass, as 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 manufacturers like Mercedes, Volvo, and other manufacturers producing mainstream vehicles.

Consumers have shown an increased interest in sun and moon roofs and are more likely to purchase a vehicle with these features. 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 using smart glass.

What’s Next?

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’ll likely continue to see other improvements including fuel efficiency, durability, safety features, and more.

You can count on Auto Glass Service and our technicians to be on top of every innovation in auto glass. We are committed to ensuring we can keep our customers safe when auto glass needs repairs or replacements.

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