Exciting developments in the automotive industry have had a major impact on windshield design and functionality in recent years. This development is forcing windshield manufacturers to up their game. Not only do they need to adhere to increasingly stringent end-product safety and quality requirements, their windshield products must also answer designer demands. They must feature “smart” functionality, be fast to produce and environmentally friendly. This article introduces some of the current trends that are now shaping the automotive glass processing industry.