Windshield Force Field in Development by McLaren Automotive

Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 12:05 PM

By Michael Mullins

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A windshield force field will replace the old-school windshield wiper if the high-end British car company McLaren Automotive follows through with its plans.

McLaren is said to be testing high-frequency sound waves on its vehicles to create  miniscule vibrations on the windshield that would effectively bounce rain, insects, and debris off the surface, making the windshield wiper and its accompanying motor obsolete, TheVerge.com reported.

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The technology, which is reportedly adapted from fighter jets, is comparable to ultrasounds used by doctors and will improve the car's aerodynamics, giving it less drag while making it more fuel efficient, McLaren chief designer Frank Stephenson told The Sunday Times.

In an email to Business Insider, a McLaren spokesperson said the concept "is just an idea at this stage with no confirmed date of introduction."

When or if the concept is implanted, TheVerge.com estimates that at the earliest, McLaren's high-performance vehicles, such as the sports car below, will likely not be equipped with the new technology until 2015.


Before it can be introduced on U.S. roadways, McLaren will have to contend with the fact that windshield wipers are currently required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

However, exemptions have been made in the past by the NHTSA. Terrafugia, the flying car company, has been permitted to use a variation of windshield wipers for its automobiles to lessen the risk posed by birds, Business Insider noted.


American real estate developer and inventor Mary Anderson first developed the windshield wiper, which she received a patent for in 1903.

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