In just 2 years time we could be seeing the beginning of wiperless windscreens in our cars, getting rid of many issues associated with exactly what has been referred to as an ‘antiquated piece of innovation.’ It’s a piece of technology that’s been around relatively since automobiles were first developed, but in less than a decade, could be a reality reducing the need for emergency windscreen repair.
British supercar maker McLaren are supposedly establishing a brand-new windscreen design that operates on soundwaves. It’s these ‘sound waves’ that will repel water, pests, mud and other debris that finds their way on our windshields and interfere with our visibility on the roads.
The technology works by offering an ultrasonic technology that will serve as a force field of sorts, emitting high-frequency acoustic waves, producing tiny vibrations undetectable to the human ear that would shake off any debris– consisting of rain droplets– that come near.
Exactly what are the implications for this innovation?
While the precise style of the technology is being held a closely guarded secret, the innovation would have huge implications for the way our windscreens work, lowering much of the requirement for windshield wiping, wiper replacement, and increased security on the roads from improved exposure.
Similar technology is already being used in military fighter jets which do not require wipers to ward off water, even when traveling at very low speeds when landing, as well as by dentists to aid in the removal of plaque.
Dealing with windscreens every day, we would invite the technology especially since we understand how typically drivers forget to change wiper blades which quickly become ineffective and can even scratch the surface of the glass. The innovation would likewise remove the requirements for wiper motors, and reduce the general weight of an automobile.
In accordance with the UK’s Daily Telegraph, the innovation is most likely to be carried out on McLaren’s fleet of supercars by 2015, which retail between a massive, 170,000– 870,000 British pounds. But worry not, must the technology be successful as expected it’s most likely to be rolled out on other vehicles not long after.
One things for sure, here at Windscreen World, we’re anticipating dealing with the brand-new innovation, however don’t expect it to totally replace standard windshield at any time soon with the so called magic instant windscreen, which are certain to be even more economical to fit and replace to cars.