- Oct 27, 2017
Article from Wired
Elon also has plans for a revolutionary new car wash idea...Wired said:The electric automaker shuns lasers for its self-driving features. But a patent application foresees using the technology to clean windshields and cameras.
A newly published patent application, for which Tesla filed in May, describes the “pulsed laser cleaning of debris” that tends to gather on car windshields and solar panels.
While windshield wipers may do the job for most people, Tesla’s patent application notes that the process of scrubbing away grime and letting the glass dry results in “unproductive time,” and that the chemicals in wiper fluid could damage a camera’s electronics. Using a laser to burn off any unwanted muck, the patent argues, would be faster and more likely to keep everything working as intended.