Tesla gets patent for LASER wipers.....

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It's interesting, this patent seems focused on debris. While wipers do clean debris off windshields, some of us live where it rains. This doesn't seem to help with rain at all. I certainly can't see lasers powerful enough to keep my window clear during a squall.

I'm not sure what the point is if it can't deal with rain.
 
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It's interesting, this patent seems focused on debris. While wipers do clean debris off windshields, some of us who live where it rains. This doesn't seem to help with rain at all. I certainly can't see lasers powerful enough to keep my window clear during a squall.

I'm not sure what the point is if it can't deal with rain.
Perhaps they are able to shoot the rain drops before they hit......
 

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Perhaps they are able to shoot the rain drops before they hit......
I could see during a light rain, but when I'm going 70MPH in heavy rains, there are quarts of rain hitting my windshield per minute. A laser isn't going to be able to manage that much water.
 

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Throw me a bone here people, All I want is a Frikn' Cybertruck with Frikn' lazers on it. Is that too much to ask? I'm guessing if lasers are installed, they will only be secondary to conventional wipers. Tesla is always about safety.
 

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I have to wonder what strength the lasers are to facilitate debris removal. Hard to imagine even a class 3B laser doing the job and allowing any yahoo with the truck access to a class 4 seems ill advised.
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I'm picturing some of those dragonflies I've hit. Or the time I went through Utah when the grasshoppers were swarming.
 

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It's interesting, this patent seems focused on debris. While wipers do clean debris off windshields, some of us live where it rains. This doesn't seem to help with rain at all. I certainly can't see lasers powerful enough to keep my window clear during a squall.

I'm not sure what the point is if it can't deal with rain.
Rain IS debris. 10 years ago you would have said "battery powered cars will never be practical" right? hmmm Just because YOU can't imagin it dosnt mean its not possible.
 

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Rain IS debris. 10 years ago you would have said "battery powered cars will never be practical" right? hmmm Just because YOU can't imagin it dosnt mean its not possible.
Rain is not debris.

Nobody would describe rain as a type of debris.

Nor does it match any dictionary definition of debris.
 

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I imagine it would be used for bug guts, bird poop, tree sap, or anything else that you would need a squeegee to remove. Although, it would be cool if it could vaporize the rain before it hit the windshield!
 

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I imagine it would be used for bug guts, bird poop, tree sap, or anything else that you would need a squeegee to remove. Although, it would be cool if it could vaporize the rain before it hit the windshield!
Importantly, this can probably be set up to clean off all of the cameras. Including the ones that the human drivers wouldn't think to wipe clean every day.
 
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