But it should be safe nonetheless.
Despite the fact that even company founder Elon Musk has said that the Tesla Cybertruck may fail because of its wacky design, popularity for the futuristic pickup continues to grow. As the wedgy EV inches its way to production, we're learning more and more about the production version and what to expect from it.
Recently, we got a look at some of the early patents that inspired parts of the Cybertruck and now it's time to look at more Cybertruck patent filings. We know, that sounds boring, but this one is actually quite interesting. Titled "Automotive Glass Structure Having Feature Lines and Related Method of Manufacture", the patent suggests that components like a windshield could utilize aggressive feature lines.
The reasoning behind such a windscreen is that, with the carefully integrated curves and folds, the glass structures that use the method detailed in the patent would be immensely durable. The patent shows an image of the feature lines at each end of the windscreen and is accompanied by the following text:
"The first glass structure 602A may represent a windshield positioned on the vehicle and formed according to the techniques described herein. In some embodiments, the first glass structure 602A may be multi-layer […] Thus, the first glass structure 602 A may have feature lines (e.g., facets) 606A-606B. As an example, these feature lines 600A-600B may have radii of curvatures of between 2 mm and 5 cm. In some embodiments, the feature lines 600A-600B may represent an angle of between 45-60 degrees, or 50-75 degrees, and so on."
What's more interesting than the uniquely crafted and super strong windshield is that the method used to create this special window could be employed in the cabin too, specifically in the dash. In the prototype that Musk broke the window of, the dash was made from recycled paper mixes. But with glass, the cabin would look more attractive and the dash itself would not shatter during an impact.
In the image depicting such a dash, we see some fairly sharp lines that have us worried about occupant safety, but it's worth noting that the existence of this patent does not guarantee that the methods outlined will be employed in the production Cybertruck, or any Tesla product for that matter. If this innovative use of glass gets the go-ahead, we look forward to learning how airbags and other features will be integrated.