Ultralight and super-strong, Corning's concept makes unusual use of glass
You maybe familiar with the name Corning and Gorilla glass from your smartphone with this low slang sports car sort of a tour to forth to cool things they're doing with car technology today.
It's the corning connected concept car and it got all sort of things that they're doing now and things there gonna be doing in the future in cars Now here in the cabin, I'm virtually surrounded by glass.
Let's start at the top.
I've got this fully glass roof and back light that are electrochromatic, and that means that at a touch of a button, it can go from being virtually opaque to almost totally clear.
And that is going to allow me to let a lot of light in when I want it and also keep the sun off of my head when I don't.
It's pretty cool.
In front of me, I've got a windshield inside lights that are made of [INAUDIBLE] glass.
They're going to be a lot thinner, a lot more scratch and impact resistant, but also a lot lighter than the traditional glass that you'll see in a car.
The advantage there being that the car is now lighter, which means its center of gravity is a little lower.
The performance and handling are going to be a little bit better Of course, in front of me I've got a full dashboard with a continuous display behind this very clear glass.
I've got glass here on the steering wheel with an integrated display, and some very cool fiberoptics that are on here that can be used for things like driver aid notifications.
And, finally, here in the center I've got this completely glass center console.
The really cool thing about this is that the [UNKNOWN] glass is so strong and flexible, it can be Cold formed which means that it's actually less expensive to manufacture than some of the glass consoles that you've seen in really expensive cars.
Of course the advantages of a glass center console are still here.
We've got a really crisp, glare resistant display right for infotainment and a smart phone charging station right here in the arm rest.
Now, as I mentioned some of these technologies are available today.
Cars like Ford GT already use Corning's glass to reduce weight and improve performance, but the rest of these technologies are just around the corner.
We can't wait.