Corning's Gorilla Glass might be key to quiet, fuel-efficient cars

Corning's Gorilla Glass might soon step out of its phone- and tablet-filled lifestyle to explore a bigger part of the jungle. The material -- used thus far to make a plethora of scratch-resistant mobile device screens -- could replace some of the standard glass on car windows, according to company Senior VP Jeffrey Evenson. Speaking at MIT Technology Review's Mobile Summit, Evenson says Gorilla Glass will reduce a vehicle's weight and lower its center of mass. Theoretically, that means you could get better gas mileage than you would with a ride outfitted with run-of-the-mill glass. In addition, the material also acts as a noise filter, making car cabins quieter. Considering that auto manufacturers are striving to push the fuel-efficiency envelope, these claims sound like they could pan out. If you're a see-it-to-believe-it type though, you can always wait for the first cars with Gorilla Glass windows. Evenson didn't name a particular client, but he expects at least one high-end auto maker to start selling them within the next year.