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Gorilla Glass to expand into the automotive industry next year

By Shawn Knight
Jun 11, 2013
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  1. Gorilla Glass has been in existence since the 1960s but until about seven years ago when the first iPhone came along, there was never a market for it – so much so that Corning never actually even produced it. Now...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,128   +731

    They must have made some changes since the 60's for auto glass use. When they originally wanted to use it cars they couldn't because it was too strong. Windshields need to break in an accident in case your head hits one. The original gorilla glass wouldn't break and it didn't do well in crash tests.
     
  3. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 930   +106

    Then they invented airbags and made seat-belts mandatory and stopped our pesky faces from ever getting near our windshields. Now the bigger concern is for the people getting hit by cars, again the same issue arises that the 60s had where the glass will be too strong and not provide enough energy absorption. But I don't think there's any regulation for that yet.

    I see this being first used in S Class Mercedes and other manufacturers will follow in years to come.
     
  4. misor

    misor TS Maniac Posts: 1,020   +153

    Gorilla glass as a source material for front (back, and door) windshield and with possible incorporation of cellphone/tablet technology is a nice move forward.

    (and hehehe...the gorilla is in the driver seat.)
     
  5. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 881   +231

    I've been wanting to remove the crappy stock coating on my U3011 and replace it with Gorilla glass, Corning is only a couple hours from me.
     
  6. How about the idea using gorilla glass on the surface of body panel?
     
  7. lmike6453

    lmike6453 TS Rookie Posts: 98   +6

    So what about security issues? Think thieves will be able to silently break this, and easier?
     
  8. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Booster Posts: 333   +51

    Just don't drop your car on the corner, the glass will shatter like it does on a cell
    phone LOL.
     
  9. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 977   +87

    I don't know if there's regulation for pedestrian safety, but there is a star rating! Guess pedestrians walk off curbs with some regularity oblivious to their surroundings. And the star rating measures how comfortable the crash is to their little plugged-in, jacked-up, non-thinking heads.

    www.fiafoundation.org/news/archive/2005/Pages/EuroNCAPannouncesfirstfour-starratingforpedestrianprotection.aspx

    I couldn't find similar tests for North America. But they're so lawsuit happy there, they probably want to harden the glass to the point where it bounces the pedestrian into a chain reaction event taking out their next of kin until there's nobody left to sue the driver. (joking)

    I was watching the Gorilla Glass 3 demo at Youtube.com where the heavy steel ball bounces off the new Gorilla Glass, thinking that will bounce a head or two off the glass with some energy.
     
  10. The sooner the better. Im sick of rock chips on the freeway.
     
  11. dennis777

    dennis777 TS Enthusiast Posts: 281   +32

    I wonder if they would attached a ios or android in the screen? I know it could distract the driver but it could be a big screen if they are not driving. :p
     
     


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