The revolutionary Gorilla Glass could find its way to car windscreens and windows soon. The durable glass is currently being used on approximately 1.5 billion electronic devices like smartphones and tablets. Corning, the manufacturer of the lightweight alkali-aluminosilicate sheet toughened glass is looking into applying their product to replace standard glass used on automobiles.
With car manufacturers looking for ways to save weight on vehicles to improve fuel economy, the Gorilla Glass just might be the next step in this quest to lower the carbon footprint of cars. The lightweight and durable glass will help reduce the vehicle’s weight by several kilograms and lower its center of gravity, which could result in significant fuel savings. “Cars that use the material will also be quieter inside,” said Corning senior vice president Jeffrey Evenson.
Evenson also shared that at least one high-end automaker will start using Gorilla Glass within the next year.
The scratch resistant and durable properties of the glass also doubles as a preventive measure to stone chips on the highway and as a possible security measure against theives who can easily break vehicle windows to steal valuables inside.