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McLaren Announces New Windshield Based On Fighter Jet Technology

Sports car designer McLaren recently announced that they intend to do away with windshield wipers in favor of new technology used in fighter jets. Dismissing windshield wipers as an “archaic technology”, McLaren cars utilizing the new gadget could be coming out as early as 2015.

Image courtesy of Basheer Tome via flickrcc

McLaren design chief Frank Stephenson says that he was inspired when he noticed that military jets don’t have windshield wipers for low-level flight, and that he managed to find out why from a source within the military at great effort. The technology Stephenson is referring to is thought to be running 30khz ultrasound waves through the windshield, creating a vibrating “forcefield” that keeps the windshield clear of rain, small debris and even insect residue.

Mainstream integration of the technology could bring multiple benefits to drivers, mostly that a sufficiently low price could result in cost savings from not having to replace wiper blades. There is also the possibility of a small boost in fuel efficiency, since the wiper blades disrupt airflow going over the vehicle and generate resistance.


Slovakian Engineer Develops Functional Flying Car

Slovakian engineer Stefan Klein has invented a staple of the science fiction fantasy: a true flying car. The sleek looking vehicle functions as a two-seater car on the road, but a pair of foldable wings allows the car to take flight with sufficient speed.

Dubbed the Aeromobil, the vehicle can reach speeds of up to 99 mph on the road and a full tank of fuel will take it 310 miles on the ground or 430 miles in the air. When not in use, the wings fold backwards to form the rear half of the cars profile and the rear propeller disengages.

Klein reports that this has been a project of his for nearly twenty years, and he stated the possibility of a production ready version soon in the future. Though there has yet to be a flying car project that has succeeded on the road or in the air, this one certainly looks fairly close.

You can see images of the Aeromobil in action here.