Tesla is not surprising. After showing us Cybertruck, a car that looks more like a science-fiction movie, the new patent promises to get rid of the car windshield wipers.
Interestingly, this technology has not evolved over the years. It is almost 2020 and the cars are already autonomous, but to clean the rain from the windows we still have a plastic "give to give" to give us visibility.
Lasers are the solution of future Tesla wipers
Tesla's new patent promises to clean the glass with lasers. The technology is totally new and honestly we have no complete idea how it works. We just have the notion that lasers will be on the hood of the car and will have the purpose of wiping the rain off the front window.
We can read in the patent description "A vehicle cleaning system includes an optical assembly that emits a laser to radiate a region on the vehicle's glass, a debris detection circuit that detects debris accumulated in the region, and a control circuit. The control circuit calibrates a set of laser-associated parameters emitted by the optical array based on detecting accumulated debris in the glass region, (…) removes accumulated debris over the region in the glass article using the laser beam."
When will we have a laser like windscreen wiper
As with all patents, nothing is guaranteed. We only realize that Tesla is working on technology and believes it is important enough to be patented. That is, so that none of your competitors use the same technology implemented.
Therefore we will have to wait for the future. For now Elon Musk should be focused on launching Cybertruck and revealing the new Roadster. Who knows if it will be in this car that this new laser technology will be implemented.
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