Automotive technology is predicted to progress further this year. One of them is the adoption of a thin and light smartphone screen in vehicle production.
USNews reported, the smartphone screen, especially Gorilla Glass manufactured by Corning Inc., has several times tried to become the windshield. The use of this glass significantly reduces vehicle weight.
One of the leading automotive companies that have used glass used on billions of mobile phones worldwide is the BMW AG. The material is used in interior panels in hybrid sports car BMW i8.
While Ford Motor Co. will become the first manufacturer to use Gorilla Glass for windshield and rear in the latest GT sports car which releases next year. The plan, the engine cover will also use this material.
“This is the most recent thing that happened to the glass since 1923,” said Paul Linden, supervisor of Ford’s exterior body mechanism. To note, 1923 was when Henry Ford began using crushed glass in Model T.
Described, the use of this material can make the windshield lighter by 32 percent. Of course, with a lighter weight, then the fuel was more efficient. “Weight is the enemy,” Linden said.
Despite having many advantages, the use of Gorilla Glass is more massively hit cost constraints. To note, Gorilla Glass is more expensive US $ 2 – 4 per pound than traditional glass. *