updated 06:48 am EDT, Tue June 11, 2013
Gorilla Glass could lower car weight, improve fuel economy
Gorilla Glass could be heading to vehicles in the future, according to a Corning executive. The glass, currently used in a vast number of smartphones and mobile devices, could be used with, or replace entirely, some sections of glass used in automobiles, though the company is also looking into other glass applications.
Jeffrey Evenson, senior vice president at Corning, told the MIT Technology Review's Mobile Summit that the use of Gorilla Glass could help reduce the total weight of a car, which can lower its center of mass and potentially boost fuel economy by a few percent, as well as making the inside of the car quieter. He expects at least one car manufacturer to use Gorilla Glass in its vehicles in the next year.
Evenson also advised that a developmental "antimicrobial" glass could be certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency in the coming months, and while it is being targeted to the health-care industry due to its ability to destroy bacteria, it could also be used on smartphones. "The number of germs on a smartphone exceeds the number of germs on a public toilet," claims Evenson. "We think there might be a bigger market."