One of the main reasons why a phones screen is so tough is because of the use of Corning’s Gorilla Glass, which as you know is both light and tough. We’ve often wondered why other industries do not look to take advantage of this technology, but it now seems as though another may be ready to step in.
If we are to believe a recent report, then Corning’s Gorilla Glass could be about to enter the automotive industry in 2014, and will act as a replacement for the standard glass used in vehicles. As yet we only know that one car manufacturer has signed up to use Gorilla Glass, but we have an idea it could be Tesla Motors.
Let’s say for a moment that we are correct, then the Tesla Model X could be the perfect vehicle to come with Gorilla Glass, as this model will be released later this year. We know that Tesla is all about getting the best range possible, and with weight savings using this different glass, the Tesla Model X range increase would be welcome by owners.
However, there are several obstacles that will need to be addressed whatever car manufacturer decided to use Gorilla Glass. Okay, so we know this glass will be lighter than standard glass used in cars, but it’s tougher as well, so there needs to be a perfect balance because if it’s too tough, as this would be a safety risk for obvious reasons.
It’s hard to know just how much benefit using Corning’s Gorilla Glass will be in terms of increased fuel-efficiency, but it would have to be worth it considering the extra cost involved.
While this is a big deal for the auto industry, we can’t wait to see the implantation of Willow Glass, in the smartphone industry, because it’s this glass that will allow for flexible displays on smartphones, but which phone will be first to make use of it?
Thanks to Technology Review.
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