When Tesla unveiled the Cybertruck in late 2019, Elon Musk presented a prototype of the vehicle, with flat panels everywhere, from the thick steel body to its massive glass components. The truck’s windshield was a great example of this, as it was a huge flat pane of thick glass designed for the worst of road conditions.
The Tesla CEO has since teased a number of improvements coming to the all-electric pickup truck. While Musk said that the production version of the Cybertruck would look similar to the vehicle’s controversial prototype, he said that some adjustments have been made to some of the pickup’s components and features, such as its door handles and steering system.
Interestingly enough, a patent application from Tesla published last month hinted at some other updates coming to the design of the all-electric pickup truck. According to the patent and its specific illustrations, Tesla is exploring the idea of using new glass-forming techniques to give the Cybertruck an updated windshield design—one that isn’t quite as flat as the glass used in the pickup’s prototype . The patent also indicated that Tesla is looking to use glass for the dashboard of the Cybertruck.
This updated windshield seems to have been revealed in a recent video by the company. Tesla’s official YouTube channel recently went live with a video explaining innovations in the glass panels used in the company’s vehicles. And while most of the video seemed to focus on the Model 3 and Model Y’s glass components, a brief portion of the video showed Tesla workers carrying a large piece of glass that is used in any of the company’s production vehicles today. is not done.
The unique glass panel in the video was massive, easily larger than the glass components used in the Model S, Model 3, Model X and Model Y. And while the glass seemed big enough for the Tesla Semi, it has a section for Autopilot cameras that’s very different from the cameras used in Class 8 trucks. Instead, the section of glass allocated for the autopilot cameras is similar to that used in the Cybertruck prototype.
Tesla has some advantages over not using a flat pane of glass for the windshield of a Cybertruck. A non-flat panel of glass generally takes better damage, as they don’t crumble as easily when struck by road debris or other objects. Tesla’s updated windshield for the Cybertruck still looks similar to the glass panels used in the prototype, so the vehicle’s aesthetics should be kept consistent despite its new glass components.
Watch Tesla’s video on Glass Innovations below.
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