Gorilla glass is the strong, scratch resistant glass that’s most likely used on your phone, and it is tipped to debut in cars within the next 12-months.
Manufactured by Corning, ‘Gorilla Glass’ is used on all the latest high-end phones including the iPhone 5, Galaxy S4 and Nokia’s Lumia 920.
In an interview with MIT Technology review, Jeffery Evenson, Corning’s senior vice president said that he expects at least one luxury car maker to incorporate the Gorilla Glass into its vehicles by the middle of next year.
The Glass could improve the vehicles in more ways than just more resilient windscreens – Gorilla Glass is much lighter than standard glass in car windows which means it could help reduce the vehicles weight, leading to fuel economy gains and lowering its centre of gravity, which in-turn would improve the performance and dynamics of the car.
Evenson also claimed that Gorilla Glass would provide better sound insulation, improving cabin quietness.
Of course, the Gorilla Glass is much more expensive than the normal material used for today’s conventional windscreens, so it is likely that it will remain solely on prestige cars for at least the near future.