According to Ceramic Industry Magazine, smart glass is expected to become a $2.1 billion market by 2019. What is smart glass, and what are the smart adhesives for it? Let’s find out.
What is Smart Auto Glass?
Smart auto glass is any kind of automotive glass that has sensors and other kinds of electronic functionality embedded into it, giving it increased functionality. NanoMarkets cites that smart glass encompasses the following:
Self-Dimming Mirrors: Self-dimming mirrors are the most mature application for smart glass. They can sense ambient light and fine-tune the glass tint accordingly. This is an important safety feature for rearview mirrors in particular.
Self-Dimming Glass: While tinted glass has been around for decades, self-dimming glass adds a dynamic component to it. Though not widely used at this time, self-dimming glass could reduce the energy drain of air conditioning.
Self-Cleaning Glass: Self-cleaning smart auto glass has the potential ability to enhance windshield safety and make wipers unnecessary. However, currently, the coating simply enables the windshield to be cleaned more effectively.
Self-Healing Glass: Also at the beginning stages of development, self-healing glass could have the potential to self-repair cracked mirrors and windshields. Additionally, it could prevent glass from shattering passengers in the event of an accident.
Other types of embedded intelligence in glass include:
- Touch screen controls
- Heads-up displays
Smart Auto Adhesives:
Bostik offers innovative adhesives for the automotive market. With adhesive technologies ranging from silyl modified polymers (SMP) to webs, our company has the capability to keep up with the evolving automotive market.
Additionally, our adhesives have the ability to improve automotive glass durability. For example:
70-08A AP is a high quality SMP product designed for bonding windshields. With primerless adhesion, it also offers high green strength and passes FMVSS 212 requirements for glass gazing.
For more information on our smart adhesives, call 800-7-BOSTIK, or visit www.bostik-automotive.com.
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