Tesla plans to replace windshield wipers with lasers
Future Tesla Windshield Wipers
Tesla develops a system for laser cleaning of glass surfaces of vehicles and solar panels from dust and dirt.
Elon Musk is known for his extraordinary approach to solving technical problems and the list of his ideas has been replenished still one point. In the filed patent application Tesla lists the disadvantages of traditional cleaning methods using water, detergents and brushes, and the main advantages of using the proposed laser device, among which speed, reliability, security and the impossibility of damaging the glass.
According to the description, Job laser cleaning systems are based on the emission of powerful light pulses that burn and / or destroy dirt on the surface of glass products. When this the device is additionally equipped with a contamination detection and parameter calibration system.
Before starting cleaning, cameras determine the presence of dirt, its type, location and layer thickness. This information is processed system management that adjusts set of parameters and adjusts the level of exposure to laser pulses. Beam Calibration allows not only effectively clean the surface, but also prevents his passing through glass.
The application says that the equipment can be installed as a modular device that provides contactless cleaning of windshields, camera lenses, side windows, rear-view mirrors in vehicles or the surface of solar panels.
Representatives Tesla and its CEO until did not disclose plans to use the proposed laser cleaning system in vehicles company. Although the presence of a patent does not guarantee that project ever will be implemented in practice, but such the likelihood cannot be ruled out. Anyway this is interesting concept that deserves attention.