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Wiperless windshield created, powered by nanotech

Posted in Tech/Sci News by Alex on February 23rd, 2008

Wiperless windshieldItalian car designer Leonardo Fioravanti (of Pininfarina fame) has developed a prototype car with a windshield that doesn’t need wipers. It can brush away water and dirt all by itself.


The car, dubbed Hidra, uses a special aerodynamic design along with four sophisticated surface treatments to the windshield to keep the driver’s view clear. The first treatment filters the sun and repels water. The second is made of nano-dust which is able to push dirt to the edges of the glass. This dust is activated by the third layer, which senses dirt and activates the second layer as necessary. Finally, it’s all topped off by the fourth layer which is a conductor of electricity to power the whole mechanism.

Fioravanti claims that this technology could go into mass production within 5 years, but it already works and has been installed on the Hidra concept car.

Details are still scant, but we wonder how well this technology would work on today’s cars. Hopefully windshield wipers disappear soon. Personally, I hate those things.

Here is a Google translation of the article.

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32 Responses to “Wiperless windshield created, powered by nanotech”

  1. burnallipods says:

    We need this like, yesterday.

  2. do+ch says:

    That’s great to hear.

  3. Gray says:

    It’s called rain-x. I never have to use my wipers if my car is moving.

  4. edd says:

    I guess this is going to make things even worse, I mean look at the current angle of windscreens, get in a car on a sunny day and watch as the dashboard reflects up, some form of wax treatment or other substance would probably work better and be much cheaper than this solution.

  5. Steven Scheeler says:

    I’d love the idea out here in the desert of Phoenix Arizona in the United States. With the heat wipers deteriate quickly. The only problem I see is rocks hitting the windshield, which we can control at our glass shop with a product called Diamon fusion glass guard which uses nanotechnology. How much is the estemated cost for a windshield?

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