Enormous sheets of hot, ultra-thin glass form in mid-air. They’re perfectly flat.
But once cooled and finished, they can bend easily over a curved car dashboard or center console. They can dip in and gently arch out, fitting firmly in place to form sleek, interactive surfaces where there was once nothing but leather and chrome.
Drivers suddenly find themselves surrounded by beautiful displays that respond instantly to touch, voice, and movement. What’s more, the surfaces are seamlessly connected to the smart devices already in their pockets and homes.
Forward-thinking automakers around the world are creating that scenario today. And they’re doing it more quickly than many may have predicted, thanks in large part to the cost-effectiveness of working with Corning® Gorilla® Glass for Automotive Interiors.
Why Gorilla Glass?
If you see a curved display surface, you might assume its glass surface was molded into the proper 3D shape while still hot. That’s an expensive proposition, requiring precision alignment. Even a millimeter of variance could render the hot-formed cover unusable.
Gorilla Glass, on the other hand, is so thin and tough that it can bend all on its own, conforming precisely to the curved surface without heat. The bend radius can be concave or convex, dramatic or subtle.
And the same sheet of glass can provide multiple bends, creating beautiful and complex 3D designs – all at room temperature, and all without sacrificing any of the renowned Gorilla Glass toughness or optical clarity.
This cold-forming capability opens up countless new design possibilities. Surface treatments like anti-reflective and anti-glare coatings –essential for readability on a car display – can be applied to Gorilla Glass while it’s still flat. Screen printing, inkjet decorating, and easy-to-clean finishes are becoming popular choices, too. Because of the simplicity of cutting, preparing, and shipping the flat sheets, Gorilla Glass brings automakers significant cost savings over conventional hot-formed glass.
Bringing consumers what they want
In building these remarkable displays into their interiors, automakers are following consumer demand. Here’s what drivers are asking for right now – and how Gorilla Glass fills the need:
They want seamless connectivity – constant synchronization between mobile devices, home information and entertainment systems, and traditional driving information.
Gorilla Glass brings to auto interiors the same capacitive touch experience – with brilliant displays and rapid response -- that it’s brought to consumer electronics for more than a decade. And the damage resistance of Gorilla Glass keeps displays looking showroom-new for years, with glistening surfaces and none of the yellowing or warping associated with plastics.
That seamless control of information is likely to become even more important in the years ahead.