New Ferrari Uses An Electric Force Field To Protect It From The Weather
In 1903, Mary Anderson invented the windshield wiper because she grew tired of having to stop her car every time it rained. Since then, the basic design and premise of the windshield wiper has not changed much…until now.
McLaren has decided that it is time to replace the century-old technology with something more futuristic. The Surrey-based Formula One firm is replacing the conventional windscreen wiper with an ultrasonic forcefield. The idea is adapted from military technology used in fighter aircraft which prevents any particles from accumulating on the screen’s surface and maintain visibility. McLaren is being secretive and not providing any details on the technology or how it will implemented in their future supercars, claiming that they do not want any rivals to steal the technology.
As far as the experts can tell, the technology is based on the following principle: a ultra high frequency sound wave (around 30 kHz) causes the windows to vibrate, giving it an ultrasonic force field which will prevent mud, snow, rain and even bugs from coming into contact with the glass.
Chief designer Frank Stephenson says that this technology will not only improve visibility in any kind of weather, but also improve the aerodynamics of the car (a very important feature for supercars).
There are rumors that the new technology will be used in McLaren’s next new supercar which is expected to roll off the production line in 2018. Besides the replacement of the windshield wiper, the car company is working on many other technologies that will be revealed soon!