McLaren Ditching Windshield Wipers for Ultrasonic Forcefield
Last week McLaren had a bit of a problem with the windshield wipers on its MP4-12C. The problem being that they didn't work. But as the old adage goes, if there's something in life worth doing, it's worth overdoing. So, McLaren decided to just get rid of the wipers altogether in favor of something more futuristic. In short, the wiper is being replaced with a force field. The thought behind this wiper-less window lies in the same technology found on fighter jets – ultrasonic sound waves. It's a lot of advanced technology, but it comes to this: there's a high-frequency sound wave that reverberates through the whole of the windshield. This 30-kHz sound wave gives the glass a vibrating ultraonsic forcefield that prevents any and all foreign objects from coming in contact with the windshield. Bugs, snow, rain, etc.
According to chief designer Frank Stephenson in a recent interview with the Sunday Times, this wiper-less system would allow for improved visibility and aerodynamics. Long gone are the days of clunky windshield wipers.
Of course, there's no word on when this advanced tech will be ready on a McLaren production car. We're thinking the next-gen 12C, which may or may not be ready in five year's time. At any rate, this wiper-less windshield is just one of many new technologies McLaren hopes to implement on its road cars within the next few years.
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