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Why forward-thinking automakers include Corning® Gorilla® Glass® for Automotive Interiors on their interior design boards

The moment you slip behind the wheel of a new car, you probably stash your smartphone or tablet safely away. But why would you give up the brilliant displays, customizable entertainment and navigation systems, and fast connections you were just enjoying on your mobile device?

With Corning® Gorilla® Glass for Automotive Interiors, you don’t have to.

Gorilla Glass — the tough, thin, optically clear cover glass that has already been used on approximately 5 billion electronics devices — can make your car console a larger version of your phone. And that’s just the starting point.

The inherent advantages of Gorilla Glass open up new design possibilities that can make the driving experience smarter, more comfortable, and more connected than ever. 

Toughness matters

Toughness is especially important for glass in an auto interior. 

That’s because drivers keep their cars much longer than they keep their electronic gadgets. The typical vehicle stays with the same owner for at least six years – sometimes more than 11 years – according to industry experts.

Plastic has been a go-to cover material for early generations of digital and display dashboards. Rigorous lab tests confirm that Gorilla Glass is 10 times harder than traditional polymer display covers. Gorilla Glass also has more than 10 times the abrasion resistance of plastic.

Side-by-side toughness tests also show favorable results for Gorilla Glass over soda lime glass, an alternative cover glass material for auto displays. In particular, soda lime glass is 10 times more likely to break and eight times more apt to scratch compared to Gorilla Glass.  And in industry Headform Impact Testing, soda lime glass consistently breaks.

With damage- and scratch-resistance exceeding other cover materials on the market, Gorilla Glass delivers toughness and has surfaces that are more likely to retain a showroom-quality appearance even after many years on the road.

Curved surfaces at affordable cost

Flat surfaces in a car dashboard can be pretty straightforward replications of screens on mobile devices.  But what if the designer has something more free-flowing in mind –a slightly curved surface, perhaps, or  something distinctly wavy?

Because Gorilla Glass can be so thin – less than one millimeter – it can bend with ease while maintaining strength. This enables formation of a “cold-form” three-dimensional surface (as opposed to a rigidly molded “hot form”) that can be effectively held to shape - providing a cost-effective cover for a dramatic console surface. 

In fact, Gorilla Glass can cover a curved console with superior performance, all at a lower cost than a hot-formed cover.

Surfaces for a special environment

The intense sunlight and ever-changing shadows of a car interior present special challenges for a console display. On an ordinary surface, digital images can get lost in the glare. On your smartphone, that’s annoying. On a dashboard display, it can be downright unsafe.

Corning helps combat these hazards with surface treatments that improve visibility, even under strong ambient lighting. By applying a thin antireflective coating to Gorilla Glass, total reflection of surface light reflectance can drop by more than 80 percent. At the same time, it can enhance color fidelity for the entire visible spectrum, making the displays even easier to read. And one of Corning’s anti-glare treatments is a chemically etched finish that’s actually part of the glass. It scatters light, dramatically cutting down on glare. The silky finish has the added advantage of reducing the visibility of fingerprints, too.

These surface treatments also open up a new world of design possibilities. That’s because reflection and glare can now be mitigated with surface treatments -eliminating the need for dashboard “eyebrows” – the molded projections over deeply recessed console elements. The eyebrows function a bit like a hand shielding your eyes from bright sunlight, and they have been standard features on dashboards for generations.

The space can flatten out, bringing it closer to the eye. New space becomes available for passenger entertainment, personal photos, alerts from your home, or myriad other digital uses that can be quickly customized with a smartphone app.

It’s definitely a whole new ride.

The world leader in cover glass

Corning helped create the digital revolution by introducing Gorilla Glass to the consumer electronics market nearly 10 years ago, and is now the trusted partner for more than 40 major manufacturers. Corning brings the same versatility and performance to automotive interiors, providing new opportunities for automakers to enhance their brands. And as it enters production with some of the world’s most innovative firms, Gorilla Glass for Automotive Interiors is bringing superior clarity, durability, and elegance to a world on the go.