Corning helped thousands of tech enthusiasts take the wheel of the ultimate connected-car experience at the 2016 International Consumer Electronics show (CES) in Las Vegas. The console surfaces glistened with sleek Corning® Gorilla® Glass for Automotive, clearly showcasing how the light, tough, optically advantaged glass is driving innovation in spaces well beyond consumer electronics.
The hybrid windshield technology in Corning’s mock-up vehicle featured an inner layer of Gorilla Glass for Automotive, which trimmed the weight of the windshield laminate by 30%. It also created a pristine surface for a bright, crisp head-up display, letting the drivers check critical information like speed and fuel levels while keeping their eyes on the road.
The interior also showcased Gorilla Glass at every turn.
A smooth, interactive touchscreen dashboard mirrored the same functionality consumers have come to expect on their smartphones. Easy management of comfort control, music, and customized photos were just a finger flick away. And a curved, glass-covered center console showed visitors how glass can also bring chic aesthetic appeal to the driving experience of next-generation automobiles.
“I think that visitors were blown away at all the interior automotive possibilities,” said Doug Harshbarger, division vice president and director, Auto Glass Solutions. “The really exciting thing is that most of these technologies aren’t really that far off from mass production – we could see them integrated into automobiles within the coming years.”