Corning® Gorilla® Glass for Automotive hit the road – and won fans in the automotive design market – during a high-profile 2016
Drivers around the world are demanding vehicles that are more fuel-efficient, stylish, high-performance, and seamlessly connected. And many automakers are finding answers to these challenges with one versatile material -- Corning® Gorilla® Glass for Automotive.
The lightweight, tough, optically advantaged glass – until recently, best-known as the cover glass that revolutionized mobile consumer electronics -- was front-and-center at many auto industry events throughout 2016. At every turn, it shattered myths about glass and opened new possibilities for auto design.
Here’s a quick recap.
Gorilla Glass for Automotive opened its stellar year at the world’s largest stage for innovation: the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
A huge crowd-pleaser was the 2017 Ford GT supercar, the first production car to feature Gorilla Glass in its windshield. The laminate including Gorilla Glass gave the supercar more than five times the toughness of conventional windshield laminate. Ford also used Gorilla Glass in the bulkhead and engine cover, trimming 12 pounds from the weight of the vehicle.
Gorilla Glass provided other automotive eye-poppers at CES, too.
· The Corning booth showcased a futuristic auto console with Gorilla Glass-encased instrument and entertainment touchscreen panels. Drivers could slip behind the wheel and see the large, vivid head-up display enabled by the Gorilla Glass ply of the windshield.
· And Rinspeed’s innovative Etos concept car, featuring Gorilla Glass not only in windows but in a drone landing pad, gave a glimpse of a totally reshaped driving experience.
Momentum from CES continued in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and in March at the New York International Auto Show, where Corning participated in Ford’s exhibits. The companies demonstrated the toughness of windshields including Gorilla Glass by blasting a replica with golf-ball-sized hailstones. (The windshields withstood every shot.)
Corning and Ford delved more into the science behind tough laminates including Gorilla Glass at the SAE World Congress and Exhibition in April. A joint research paper presented to some of the auto world’s leading technical experts provided specific data about how laminates containing a layer of Gorilla Glass are more resistant to impact than thicker, heavier windshields.
Corning representatives reiterated the research results at two other key industry events: the CTI Symposium and Society for Information Display Week, both held in May.
Tough windshields were just part of the Gorilla Glass for Automotive story in 2016. Corning and industry collaborators Renault and Faurecia proved how damage-resistant surfaces make for remarkable auto interiors in a head-turning exhibit at the Paris Motor Show in October.
And a few weeks later, Corning helped auto glass industry experts learn more about the advantages of Gorilla Glass at Auto Glass Week in San Antonio, Texas. Besides its durability factor, visitors were intrigued by other benefits Gorilla Glass brings to autos -- including better fuel economy, lower carbon dioxide emissions, and reduced center of gravity, which can improve handling.
With traction gained during 2016, Corning will continue bringing the transformative benefits of Gorilla Glass to the automotive market in the year ahead. Watch for more prototypes and commercial partnerships as Corning and automotive leaders create beautiful, tough, interactive automotive technology, inside and out.