Today's automotive windshields are commonly made with two layers of tempered glass sandwiching a sheet of optically clear polyvinyl butyral (PVB), a plastic layer that holds everything in place even when the glass is broken. While the basic design works very well (credit Henry Ford with introducing laminated glass in 1919), scratches and chips in the glass weaken the material to the point where it may eventually crack and require replacement.

But those headaches may disappear if Corning's Gorilla Glass becomes an industry standard. Gorilla Glass is the registered name for the durable and scratch resistant glass that covers the face of more than 1.5 billion consumer electronic devices. Whether the maker of your smartphone, tablet or PDA admits it or not, chances are good that you've got the material close at hand.

Having a windshield that is scratch and chip resistant is a big improvement, but there are other advantages to Gorilla Glass, says Corning. The company's senior vice president, Jeffrey Evenson, told MIT Technology Review that the glass is lighter than what is used today, and it provides a better acoustic barrier from outside noise.

As is often the case with innovative technologies, Gorilla Glass doesn't come cheap. Even so, Evenson predicts that at least one unnamed high-end automaker will introduce a vehicle with Gorilla Glass within the year. Any guesses on whom it will be?


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      Smith Johny
      • 1 Year Ago
      Then we will be offered screen protectors.
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      Likely Mercedes-Benz.
      throwback
      • 1 Year Ago
      My guess is Tesla. They consider themselves a technology company.
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think Mercedes will do it first because they don't care if their cars costs too much. I don't expect many to follow until the price comes down.
      TooManyCars
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wouldn't it be easier just to create a screen protector for your windshield... I kid......
        TooManyCars
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TooManyCars
        Ok, maybe it wasn't such a joke... http://www.lamin-x.com/Glass-Protection-Film-s/1213.htm
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't care how much it costs. I want it for my race car. I cant stand lexan, it scratches way to easily, the gorilla glass could also forgo the winsheild support bars most likely.
      me
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mb on a new s class as usual
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Listen up, suckas. The "genius" at the Apple Store told me the iPhone had a glass hardness of 9 (on a scale of 10). And I asked, "So, what's the hardness scale of a 5 year old?" Evidently, the 21 year old Genius didn't know. So, in the event you need closure, my 5 year old has ruined 3 iPhones. So there. .
        jonnybimmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RetrogradE
        Why did you give a 5 year old an iphone? Better yet, why would you keep giving the 5 year old iphones after he/she broke the first one?
      nubs1094
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rolls Royce seems like a good candidate, they like to be on the fore front of anything like sound deadening, longevity, etc. but then again I've gone through the major manufacturers in my head and found a good reason for all of them to use it. So my shot in the dark guess is RR
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      It will definitely be a European brand introducing it first, maybe Mercedes-Benz or Bentley. The Japanese will probably follow after, then the American brands will eventually do it too. The Koreans will still be trying to figure out how to properly calculate MPGs.
      KBelasco
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank god, those two windshields I've had installed in the last 15 years cost $150 ea... this can only be a step in the right direc... Oh, how much do they cost? Never mind.
      hgeorgech
      • 1 Year Ago
      Guess we can rule out ... Fisker
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