McLaren is planing to replace windscreen wipers, with a new system that improves visibility in rain, adapted from fighter jets. McLaren 12C-MP4. Image © McLaren
According to information McLaren will use ultrasound to create tiny vibrations on the screen, which would bounce off raindrops.
Frank Stephenson chief designer of the firm, told The Sunday Times:
“It took a lot of effort to get this out of a source in the military. I asked why you don’t see wipers on some aircraft on when they are coming in at very low levels for landing.
I was told that it’s not a coating on the surface but a high frequency electronic system that never fails and is constantly active. Nothing will attach to the windscreen.”
The system is expected to be introduced to McLaren’s sportscars, and once perfected could be “produced for the mass market for as little as £10.”