Autoglass windshield of 2020 - Click above to watch the video after the jump

We don't spend much time thinking about our windshields, yet we spend a good portion of our lives looking right through them. But that doesn't mean there isn't plenty of room for improvement. The folks at Autoglass envision a smart windshield that does away with a nav screen on the center stack in favor of all the necessary information being displayed on your auto's most important piece of glass.

Beyond the jump is a video simulation that shows what that windshield might look like from the driver's seat. Among the displayed information is data for navigation, music, speed and fuel. The futuristic, king-of-all-head-up-displays also warns of pedestrians and an arrow even points to potential destinations.

Apparently, the windshield isn't smart enough to know that the vehicle is driving on the wrong side of the road. And if you're hoping the five-speed auto transmission will be dead and gone by 2020, it'll be alive and well, at least according to this demo. Must be a Honda. Hit the jump to watch the windshield of 2020 in (simulated) action.



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      Ian
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just wait until they release the low-cost, ad-supported windshields... (o_O)
      Tammy
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is just plain dangerous...!!!! Our eyes should be on the road ahead scanning all the time.....NOT TRYING TO READ THE WINDSHIELD !!! Who are the idiots developing this kind of crap anyway ???
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tammy
        I agree, and could not have said it better myself. My other complaint about this is simply the way it looks. I prefer my cars to look somewhat classy, clean, and simple. This "windshield of 2020" reminds me of the 1980s when everything had to look ultra futuristic.
      froggyanearl
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not a fan, at all. I don't like anything that takes control away from the driver, generally speaking consomers. We are getting way to dependant on things that are taking away are ability to be independant and skilled human beings. As consumers, we buy products these products are designed built and sold by the industry who creates products that make us more reliate on them to do everything for us. So we inturn spend more money to buy more things to do the stuff we can't do. I'm not a enemy of tecnology or progress but we as consumers need to retain basic skills and not become more and more like braindead autotomatons that live inside a bubble or ignorance created perpetuated but the industry. All this windshield does is allow us to be less focused on the road. If you can pay attention when you are driving then don't drive. Having the ability to drive, focus, and watch for prodestians is an excercise in ones abilty to maintain focus for an extended period and strengthen our cognitive abilties.
        Dave
        • 3 Years Ago
        @froggyanearl
        If you lived in a log cabin, solutions would be simple. This world is so complex that without a gas gauge and speedometer, you would cause confusion by driving an unsafe speed or running out of gas on the highway. Now we have people who complicate things with phones, food and other necessities, so if they don't have to look to the side so much, people are safer. If we could only do something about politicians and dirty water ...
        wenritahouse
        • 3 Years Ago
        @froggyanearl
        You'll love the cars that drive themselves, just sit back and relax, read the daily paper, text or whatever and your car will get you to wherever you programed it to go. I guess you could over ride all that fancy stuff and get stressed out over all the traffic and other cars being driven by auto pilot. That may not happen before 2050 so I won't be around to benefit by that technology.
      msmall2612
      • 3 Years Ago
      Warning ... wrecks waiting to happen. Drivers need to focus on their DRIVING ... not on annoying "pop-ups" on their windshield!
      tops28
      • 3 Years Ago
      I LIKE THE COMMENT ABOUT WHATS DIFFERRENCE IN READING A TEXT WHILE DRIVING. SEEMS LIKE TOO MUCH DISTRACTION AND OBSTRUCTION VIEWING. LEAVE MY WINDSHIELD CLEAR PLEASE.
      zapperdude60
      • 4 Years Ago
      What, only a 5-speed gearbox?
      • 4 Years Ago
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        Cakeflour
        • 4 Years Ago
        A few years back I (in my car) was hit by a cyclist. I was sitting at a stoplight when I look to my right and see a Hispanic fello smash right into my door. He immediately got back on his bike and rode off. Left a big dent, too. So, really, it's the cyclists who need this, not motorists. :^P
      rgee01
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too much information, most of it redundant and unnecessary. PEople will simply filter most of it out. This is not good design.
      hurf1
      • 3 Years Ago
      So how is this any different than watching a text while driving ???
      jammur
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pay attention people. Haven't any of you ever watched a James Bond movie? MI6? England? MI5 is the domestic intelligence department for England. So he is on the correct side of the road for over there.
        StegRacing@youtube
        • 4 Years Ago
        @jammur
        Thank you! Autoblog's writers can be so slack. You would almost think they think we don't know car facts!
        Need More Lutz 4 GM
        • 4 Years Ago
        @jammur
        Yeah I couldn't tell if they were joking or not, let's see if Chris Shunk will chime in...
      Vickie
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, is it just me or did you guys notice that while viewing this you missed what was actually in front of you. Plus when it says Pedestrian, the pedestrain was already there, so what do you do, look & brake? This seems a lot dangerous than texting because it's always distracting. I can see several lawsuits coming, people having an accident and saying "Oh, it was my windshield", with all the sue happy people. Plus more people will become dependent on it and pay less attention to the road. Conversation piece it's nice, safety wise, it's a really bad idea.
      Svartorn
      • 4 Years Ago
      OH yeah that is what we need. $5,000 windshields that block our view.
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