McLaren's chief designer Frank Stephenson declared recently the British marque is working on a technology that will eventually replace windscreen wipers.

McLaren's chief designer Frank Stephenson declared recently the British marque is working on a technology that will eventually replace windscreen wipers.

In an interview given to The Sunday Times, Stephenson hinted future McLaren models will have an ultrasonic transducer on the windscreen which will send 30 kHz waves of ultrasound across the glass surface to remove all types of debris. This procedure will be done instantly and will remove just about any type of debris, from water and mud to insects and snow.

This isn't a ground-breaking technology as a similar system is already available on jet fighters but it's good to hear the technology will eventually trickle down to cars. Not only will it greatly improve visibility, but Stephenson says fuel economy will increase as a result of erasing the weight of the wiper motors. Moreover, due to less drag the car will have a better aerodynamic efficiency and will also eliminate the annoying task of having to remove the ice from the windshield in cold climates.

Note: McLaren X-1 concept pictured

McLaren plans to replace windscreen wipers with jet fighter-derived technology