Well, it doesn't just help with free falls. I'm thinking chip-proof from the many tiny rocks/pebbles on the road launched like projectiles from cars in front. This is a problem even if you don't tailgate.
Also, I don't consider it being smart to learn from a mistake and correct it for the future. Smart would be avoiding making the mistake in the first place. Learning from one is just being mature.
The iPhone 4 had a flawed design that caused an inordinate amount of broken screens. Between the knock off gorilla glass and the bevel-less design and the glass on BOTH sides, there were far more broken screens than on other devices.
My friend's iPhone has been in a case since the day he got it but the back screen still cracked twice because, of all things, a piece of dirt got behind the case.
But don't mistake my comments as baseless Apple bashing. I'm simply pointing out issues with a specific model. Every model of every product has a few and even Apple is capable of producing a dud.
Windshield are may with tempered glass so when it breaks, it breaks into small pieces reducing the chance of injuring the driver and passengers. Will this corning glass be the same or will they break into large sharp pieces, stabbing everyone inside and those around it?
[quotemsg=11327981,0,168423]Had you read the entire article, or in fact, the first paragraph, you'd note that it's not on the windshield or any other window. It's a sound dampening firewall, essentially, for the rear engine.[/quotemsg]
You need to read more carefully yourself. The description in the article is poorly worded. The benefit of this new glass over conventional laminated glass is weight savings. No one uses laminated glass within the structure of the car as a firewall. So obviously, they are talking about the rear windshield.
Well considering the average rear windshield as far as I could find is 1/4" or 6.25mm weighing in at 20lbs and they are talking about 0.7mm per layer with an unknown acoustic layer between. That means that the new BMW rear windshield should only weigh one quarter the weight or 5lbs in this case.
I am thinking they couldn't use it for the windshield or any other main windows because it is likely less safe, if you were in an accident you would want you windshield to shatter into a million tiny pieces rather than stay in big chunks that could cut you to ribbons. Sometimes you want your glass to break
Ah. I see why they need auto glass for the windshield. Automotive glass is actually designed to break so that if someone in the car hits it, it will break towards the outside, thus, taking away energy from the impact. Gorilla Glass isn't good for that, it seems.
I was wondering how it does when it shatters. I know that when my old smartphone's screen shattered, I didn't have a bunch of sharp glass going everywhere.