McLaren developing new technology for future supercar

Supercar makers McLaren have announced that a new system which makes existing car windscreen wipers a thing of the past, is set to arrive post 2015. This system of keeping windscreens clean and free of any water, dust, debris, etc in bad weather, is similar to that seen on fighter jets.

McLaren Group, the exclusive auto company in Britain will be introducing this new technology which replaces windscreen wipers on cars. Though the car maker is yet to reveal how it works, The Sunday Times suggests that it works on ultrasonic technology which vibrates water, dust and debris off the car’s windscreen allowing for clearer vision. This technology is similar to high frequency sound waves which allow doctors to scan unborn babies and used by dentists to remove plaque from teeth.

McLaren developing new technology for future supercar

A force field is created, keeping windshields spotless while it is most advantageous in cold weather when wiper blades are known to freeze to the glass. This technology will be first adopted by McLaren as it is slated to be introduced in their next supercar, probably the P13. The same technology will also be introduced in their other cars, at a later stage. Once perfected, the cost of each such device could come down to as little as £10.

Speaking about how they got to know of the technology, Frank Stephenson, Chief Designer, McLaren, said, “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.”