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Gorilla Glass to be used for windshields by Ford
Gorilla Glass is a practically unbreakable material that is becoming more and more of a favorite for smartphone screens. Now it looks like Corning, the company that creates Gorilla Glass, is expanding their product to vehicles. The company has signed a deal with Ford, and the two have been developing a Gorilla Glass windshield for the Ford GT in 2016.
The material being used for this windshield is technically a Gorilla Glass hybrid that consists of three layers of alternating materials. Thinner and lighter than regular windshields, the hybrid seems to provide equal or greater protection while weighing twelve pounds less than its traditional counterpart. Ford demonstrated the material’s durability by firing solid ice spheres at normal windshield material and then at the Gorilla Glass hybrid. As you can see in the video below, the conventional windshield material fractures readily, but the new hybrid material makes it through without a scratch.
This could be good news for automobile and smartphone fans alike. Although this feature will initially only be available on high-end vehicles, we can expect it to eventually make its way to more middle-market rides. If this becomes industry standard in the automobile world, we might see a drop in the cost of Gorilla Glass on the scale needed for smartphone production. Hypothetically, this could knife a bit of the price off Gorilla Glass smartphones across the board, supposing the manufacturers are willing to pass their savings on to the consumer.
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