Could this be the beginning of the end for Wiper Blades?
It is no secret that some of our jet planes do not have Flat Wiper Blades fitted, but use another method of clearing the weather from their windscreen.
The windscreen is kept clean by an instrument called an “Ultrasonic Transducer” which sends ultrasonic sound waves across the windscreen surface that clears all screen from such
things as snow and insects apart from the normal rain. Another added bonus to making the car lighter would be that the cars would not need a wiper motor and the cables and things that go with it.
This would be great for use on today’s cars as it would also increase the effect a more efficient air flow, as the car is driven along, making the car more aero- dynamic and also more fuel efficient due to slightly less drag, as the screen would be cleared instantly all the time and not just when the Flat Wiper Blades were applied. I have a friend called Peter, who would not clear the windscreen until the very last minute that he could not see the road in front of him. This system would keep his screen clear all the time, thus reducing the chance of an accident happening because of the lack of vision.
Just for the record the Window Wipers blades that we use today were invented by an American lady, she was called Mary Anderson and the idea came to her whilst she was on a trip to New York, when she noticed that the early car drivers were sticking their heads out of the door windows, so that they could see where they were going when it rained.
The first wiper blades were very simplistic, just a metal arm device with a rubber blade that was operated manually by the driver using a sort of lever inside the car. The invention was first thought of in 1903 and by 1916 her invention became standard on all production cars in the USA. Only a year later in 1917 the first automatic wipers were invented by another lady in America called Charlotte Bridgewood, these were known as the (Charlotte Bridgwood’s “Storm Windshield Cleaner”).
Charlotte invented this electric wiper system whilst she was the president of the” Bridgewood Manfacturing company” in New York.
End for wiper blades may be started by the Mclaren super car maker.
Rumours are rife that the McLaren car maker are considering are to introduce this type of technology into their new models, it would be great to see if this idea works, but not if you are a wiper blade manufacturer.
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