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Old 11-12-2021, 04:13 PM   #896 (permalink)
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Sep 13th 2021
Tesla gets patent for laser beam windshield wipers, pew-pew
Lasers pointed in the direction of the driver, what could go wrong?

It's important to note that just because Tesla has the patent doesn't mean it's going to use it. The company also has a patent for electromagnetic wipers. This system would involve an electromagnetic block moving past magnet bars embedded around the windshield to drag a single blade across the full expanse of the windshield, like a giant squeegee.

For its part, Tesla says the wind resistance created by traditional wipers' mechanical components decreases vehicle range. The electromagnetic wiper seems at least a little more realistic than laser beams, but either system would add significant cost and complexity to the car.
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