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This smartphone tech will soon be used on cars

Emma Clark

Published 17/12/2015 | 09:29

Gorilla Glass
Gorilla Glass

Gorilla Glass is to be used by the Ford Motor Company on its upcoming Ford GT sports car's windshield and rear window.

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An often-used piece of smartphone technology could soon make its way to the car in your driveway. Corning's Gorilla Glass, which is used on billions of devices worldwide, is to be used by Ford on the upcoming Ford GT sports car.

The Ford Motor Company will utilise Gorilla Glass on the windshield and rear window of the sports car, making it the first company to do so.

The goal is to reduce weight, which is exactly what Gorilla Glass does. The glass will make the windshield 32% lighter, which will allow for greater fuel efficiency and better handling.

But it's not the first time that Gorilla Glass has been embraced by the automative industry. BMW AG is officially the first manufacturer to have tried it, using it for an interior panel in its i8 hybrid sports car.

The Gorilla Glass to be used meets all U.S. safety standards according to Corning, passing all of the automakers’ tests on rough roads and in wind tunnels. Ford even maintains that it's tougher than traditional annealed glass.

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