We all remember are favorite superheroes using force fields at some point or another to deflect enemy bullets or lasers, but now McLaren, a company known for its conquests on the Formula One circuit and its revolutionary road cars, will use them to keep our automobiles’ windshields clean in a thunderstorm.
What’ll they think of next; cars that drive themselves? Oh wait, those already exist.
With its latest car, the P1, costing a whopping $1 million plus, it wouldn’t hurt the Woking-based British outfit to have a few novel ideas to boost sales.
How will it work?
In order to replace the wipers, McLaren’s chief designer, Frank Stephenson, has hinted at a method using ultrasound to send 30Khz waves across the windshield. The force field created around the windshield would keep it clear of any debris, including those poor insects that so often fall prey to a speeding hyper car.
The latest technology will undoubtedly be a source of great pride for those animal-loving, supercar-driving millionaires, who’s McLaren P1s also happen to be hybrid.
Of course, no wiper blades means less things to break on the car, especially since the space-age weight saving material used for these hyper cars has a tendency to be fragile. Of course, anything on these million dollar plus cars tends to be expensive, so if one of the stalks breaks, get ready for a hefty bill.
That’ll be $175, please.
Apart from that, there is nothing worse than running wipers across your windscreen, only to find that the blade has worn out. Instead of helping, it quite literally creates a sticky situation and makes visibility impossible.
One can also do a tiny amount of fuel-saving as there will be no pesky blades to interfere with the airflow over the vehicles, although a car like the P1 should be well sorted out in the aerodynamic department.
If the sound wave force field works as well as McLaren expects it to, the likelihood of several other car manufacturers licensing the technology is quite high and one can expect to see wipers disappear from the windscreens of cars.
And of course, the geeks, who are usually the only ones with enough money to buy these cars, can turn to their friends and say “mine uses a force field”.