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Apple patents new tech to detect windshield cracks

“Cracked windshields are not only a pain in the butt, they can be dangerous if they obstruct your vision, and they can also be expensive to replace. That cost goes up if the windshield is electronically heated or otherwise technologically enhanced.

Apple thinks it may have a solution to this problem — yes, that Apple — or at least that it may be close enough to an answer to have filed a patent application, on Nov. 19. The application describes a system that would carefully monitor the resistance of a conductive film in the sandwiched piece of glass to detect when the glass has been compromised due to physical damage.

What benefit would this serve? I mean, either way, the glass has to be replaced, right? Well, because this is Apple we’re talking about, the system would be smart. That means it would alert you to a windshield crack before the crack necessarily became visible, or it could even go so far as to book the repair procedure automatically.”

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Apple seems to know a thing or two about cracked screens. After all, they’ve been dealing with them since the first iPhone was released over a decade ago. Now, it seems, they have bigger aspirations by developing new technology to aid in discovering windshield cracks. It’ll be interesting to see how useful this new tech really is. Most people should obviously see larger cracks or chips soon after they happen. Perhaps the benefit will be to detect cracks that are small and not in one’s line of sight so much?

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