Tesla Cybertruck could get a revolutionary windshield wiperAugust 19, 2020
The flat shape of the electric pickup’s windshield is perfect for Tesla’s patented wiper technology.
Back in September 2019, the American automaker received a patent for a revolutionary wiper. It is made unique by the presence of one wiper, while the design provides for work with two. It is noteworthy that it has an electromagnetic moving block that slides along one guide.
To understand the principle of its operation, it is enough to remember magnetic levitation trains. The moving block will be like a magnetic carriage moving from one side of the windshield to the other. A wiper attached to it will understandably be the only source of friction. And this is its main advantage.
With less friction, such a wiper will require less energy to operate. As you already know, any method of saving energy in an electric vehicle affects the range. In the case of Tesla, another need arises: the autopilot and FSD work exclusively with cameras. This new wiper will provide better visibility than traditional systems.
It is not yet clear when Elon Musk will be able to implement his new invention in Tesla vehicles, but the Cybertruck pickup truck seems to be the best car on which such a design can be installed. Mainly because of the flat windshield, even though the windshield drawings show the unusual used in Model Y and Model 3.
The earliest cars had flat windshields due to the specific glass-making technology available at the time. They were more fragile and prone to shattering on rocks, or even larger insects could chip or crack, especially at high speeds. In the case of Cybertruck, this is not a problem. The electric pickup will use aluminum oxynitride, also known as Tesla Armor Glass.
Another great solution would be to ditch the wipers altogether, either with hydrophobic materials or with aerodynamic solutions that create an “air wiper”. But many automakers have experimented with this without ever having success. If Tesla can deliver magnetic suspension wiper blades without reliability or quality issues in any of its vehicles, it will definitely be a breakthrough.
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