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Never replace your wipers again !?

This would be a great improvement over buying new wiper blades every couple of months.

McLaren, maker of the famed F1 supercar of the 1990s, as well as the modern-day 12C and P1, told U.K. newspaper The Sunday Times that it is currently working on a windshield that uses military-derived technology to clear rain and road debris from the windshield without the use of a wiper.

How might a wiper-less windshield work? Theoretically, high-frequency sound waves would blast water droplets and other debris from the window.

Frank Stephenson, McLaren’s chief designer, explained the origin of the idea to the Times:

I asked [a military source] 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.

The benefits of such a system are numerous. Aside from increasing driver visibility, McLaren’s wiper-less windshield will eliminate the added weight and energy consumption of windshield wipers, helping tighten lap times at the track and increase fuel economy on the streets.

The report in The Sunday Times indicates McLaren’s intention to release the technology to the public in the coming years, though McLaren told The Huffington Post that the technology is currently “just an idea with no confirmed date of introduction.”

Nonetheless, McLaren’s wiper-less windshield will likely have to jump some hurdles before it can ever be offered in the U.S. As Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 104 reads, “Each vehicle shall have a power-driven windshield wiping system that … [has] at least two frequencies or speeds.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told The Huffington Post that McLaren’s proposed technology “has not been fully developed,” and that “there is not enough information available at this time to determine whether the product would meet existing, applicable federal motor vehicle standards.”

But if McLaren’s yet-to-be unveiled system replaces the traditional wiper with sound waves, as some have speculated, it’s likely the technology will fail to meet the standards set by FMVSS 104.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration informed HuffPost that it considers revising safety standards when its own data and research indicate a needed change, or if a petition is filed asking for a change. Such a petition has yet to be filed regarding the standards set out by FMVSS 104, the Safety Administration said.

As ludicrous as it seems that this regulation may prevent McLaren’s non-wiper tech from entering the U.S., other innovative technologies have been excluded from the U.S. market for similar reasons.

Audi, for one, is hoping the Safety Administration will overturn a regulation requiring all cars to offer headlamps with both high and low beam settings. The company’s Matrix LED headlights, which Bloomberg Businessweek describes as “being made up of numerous LED bulbs that dim or brighten individually based on what cameras and sensors in the car see ahead,” aren’t currently offered on U.S.-market Audis, though they are available elsewhere, due to the fact that the system is dynamic and does not offer the dedicated high and low beam settings U.S. regulations require.

Also on HuffPost:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/19/mclaren-wiperless-windshield_n_4468971.html

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Rock Crashes Through Windshield On I-40

I thought I would post this and remind everyone that these types of things happen more than you would think and can happen right here in New Mexico.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —As if battling winter driving conditions wasn’t tough enough, one New Mexico man said he’s now dodging rocks as well.

The drive along Interstate 40 took a different turn Wednesday for Pablo Baca when a large rock came crashing through his window just before rush hour.

“I thought someone was shooting at me,” Baca said. “I got covered in glass, got a few pieces in my arm.”

The rock came from a pedestrian crossing above the highway. Baca said he believes a group of kids tossed the rock onto his car.

“I hope they pay for it somehow,” Baca said.

Luckily, he and his wife are OK.

Read more: http://www.koat.com/news/new-mexico/Rock-Crashes-Through-Windshield-On-I-40/-/9153762/9708508/-/rj74b/-/index.html#ixzz2rpbCWZ69

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Has a car wash or quick lube approached you about windshield repair?

This is very prevalent in the southwest because of the sand storms, rural areas and consumers being unaware.

Do you ever wonder: If it is free, why do they require me to have Insurance?
Remember: If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is!

LAS VEGAS – Windshield damage happens frequently in Las Vegas. Chips, cracks and worse occur when rocks and debris hit your windshield.

Scam artists are trying to capitalize on the threat of windshield damage. The scammers are accosting drivers at car washes and gas stations and telling them their windshields need repair, even if they don’t. The scam is so prevalent, it even has a catchy name: windshield bullying.

According to industry experts, these scammers will bully people into getting work done. They use scare tactics such as saying the victim’s safety is in jeopardy. Once these scam artists have played on their victim’s fears, they make their sales pitch.

“They try and pressure them and say they’re going to be free,” said Steve Parker with Safelight Auto Glass. “Nothing’s free in the world.”

This unnecessary service may not cost you a dime at the time, but in the long run, all insured drivers pay, because this is insurance fraud.

“The more claims the insurance companies pay up, everybody has to pay more insurance. They aren’t in the business to lose money, and they won’t,” Parker said.

Your premiums go up every time someone commits insurance fraud. The crime is becoming increasingly common. In states like Florida, Arizona and California, insurance fraud is a rampant problem. Experts say it’s only a matter of time before Nevada sees an increase in fraudulent activities.

Many people in Las Vegas have already experienced windshield bullying. 8 on Your Side conducted an undercover investigation where these acts allegedly occurred, but was not solicited.

http://www.8newsnow.com/story/24480631/8-on-your-side-warns-about-windshield-bullying

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Cyclist: Driver Didn’t See Me Stuck in Windshield

A Wisconsin man who became lodged in the windshield of a car that struck him said he turned to the driver and said, “Hello, I’m the guy you hit on the bicycle.”

The driver did not respond, but continued on, running a stop sign and hitting another vehicle before he arrived home, the cyclist, Steven Gove, told HTR Media about the Saturday incident ( http://htrne.ws/1bI58jh ).

The man finally noticed Gove when he stopped the car outside his home.

“He looked at me and said ‘Who are you? What are you doing in the car?'” Gove said. “He started freaking out: ‘I’m going to jail, I’m going to jail.'”

The man then locked the car doors and went into his home. Gove, whose body had gone most of the way through the windshield, then pulled his knees and feet into the car.

“I righted myself and got out,” he said. “I unlocked the passenger’s side door and started walking down the street.”

A witness had called police, who found Gove as he was walking and took him to a hospital. Doctors removed glass from Gove’s eyes and treated him for other cuts to the head and leg.

The driver, a 20-year-old Manitowoc man, was found at the home and treated at a hospital for a serious cut to the hand. He hadn’t been formally charged as of Tuesday morning, but he was facing several preliminary charges, including suspicion of drunken driving, suspicion of hit-and-run causing injury and suspicion of failing to render aid.

Gove, a 56-year-old newspaper carrier, was shocked that the driver didn’t see him on his three-wheeled delivery bike.

“I was wearing my blue overcoat with my neon reflective vest,” said Gove. “I had my front and rear flashers on. I have no idea why he didn’t see me.”

A 50-year-old Green Bay man died in a similar accident in 2007. Steven Warrichaiet was sentenced to 15 years in prison for hitting Tyrone Ware, driving home with Ware’s body lodged in the windshield and leaving Ware in the garage while Warrichaiet went inside and fell asleep on the couch. An autopsy showed Ware died instantly of spinal injuries.

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Information from: HTR Media, http://www.htrnews.com

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