Corning’s Gorilla Glass, which protects almost 1.5 million mobile phones, could soon feature on cars and other vehicles. This news comes after Corning’s senior vice president Jeffrey Evenson stated while addressing the MIT Technology Review’s Mobile Summit that the company would soon start the production of large size gorilla glass panels that could be used on cars and other vehicles.
This move will help make cars more fuel efficient by reducing its weight as it would replace the heavy glasses with a lighter substitute. Evenson said, “Today, most carmakers are looking for ways to make lighter vehicles and improve fuel economy. Using Gorilla Glass would help reduce a vehicle’s weight and lower its center of mass, boosting fuel economy by up to a few percentage points depending on how much of the glass is used. The new glasses will not only make the car fuel efficient but will also help in keeping it quitter inside.”
The gorilla glass is scratch resistant and can be bent to a certain angle
Moreover, Evenson revealed that Corning was also working on what it calls the “Antimicrobial glass”. The glass has been developed keeping in mind the hygiene condition of various devices. “The number of germs on a smartphone exceeds the number of germs on a public toilet. We think there might be a bigger market.” said Evenson. He confirmed that the glass would initially be used in the health-care industry to keep device interactions more sanitary, but hinted that smartphones were also a possibility.
One of the most anticipated product from Corning table this season is the “Willow Glass”. The glass, which is said to be flexible like plastic and thin as a currency note, is expected to hit the markets by the end of this year.