The Different Types of Windshields

Choosing The Right One

When it comes to picking a new windshield, it’s important to pick the right one for your vehicle. There are hundreds of different makes and models available. We have vast expertise in helping our customer pick the right one for their vehicle. We’ll help you through the whole process when you visit our shop.

Here’s a quick summary of the different types of windshields that are typically available for all vehicle types.

Rain Sensor

The Rain Sensor is located next to or underneath the rearview mirror. The Rain Sensor detects rain falling on the front windshield and automatically turns on the windshield wipers.  The wiper speed will adjust automatically the harder it rains.

close up photo of a GM windshield with a rain sensor

GM and Ford

close up photo of a Mercedes-Benz windshield with a rain sensor


close up photo of a Nissan windshield with a rain sensor

Nissan and Infiniti

close up photo of a windshield with a rain sensor


Heated Wipers

A windshield with heated wiper park area, has copper wires infused into it that heat up to keep the windshield wipers from freezing to the glass. Some windshields are completely heated and have lines through the whole thing.

close up photo of a windshield with a heated wiper feature
close up photo of a Mercedes-Benz windshield with a rain sensor


Lane Departure Warning System

The LDWS is a camera attached to front windshield. The LDWS detects the lanes on the road and alerts the driver whenever the vehicle begins to depart from that lane (without signaling). It will alert the driver by making a noise, vibration or an indication will appear on the dashboard.

Electrochromic Mirror

This rear-view mirror has an auto dimming feature that helps reduce headlight glare from other vehicles.  These mirrors often have other features such as compass, OnStar, temperature and garage door opener.

Forward Collision Alert (FCA)

The F.C.A is a windshield mounted camera that detects the distance of another vehicle or any other object in front of you. This system will also alert you when an object is getting too close. Some vehicles may also automatically apply the brakes. (Smart City Braking)

Heads Up Display (HUD)

The H.U.D is a projector screen located on the dashboard. This screen displays a transparent projection on the inside of the windshield that shows data, usually your speed or driving directions. This feature allows the driver to view information without taking their eyes off the road.

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Condensation Sensor

This sensor is located either next to the rear-view mirror or under the rear-view mirror cover. This sensor detects condensation/moisture. It will turn on the vehicle’s climate control system and defrost/de-fog the windshield.
Windshield Options
Windshield Options