Tesla has received a patent for a laser glass cleaning system that can replace conventional wipers.
On May 10, 2019, Tesla filed a patent for “Pulsed Laser Cleaners” with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). More than two years later, on September 7, 2021, it finally received USPTO approval. The technology has been named “Pulsed Laser Cleaning”.
According to the manufacturer’s theory, it is able to independently identify pollution and instantly remove them without any human intervention.
In fine California weather, lasers are expected to fully replace conventional wipers, cleaning surfaces without the use of chemicals. However, it is not yet known how they will behave in bad weather.
In addition, the lasers are aimed at the driver’s side, which is likely to interfere with driving. Given that even standard windshield wipers distract you a little from the road, there is a good chance that bright beams of light can be more of a nuisance.
According to the patent application, the inventor is Filyoz Dalal, who is a four-year Tesla veteran according to his public LinkedIn profile and currently holds the title of Senior Staff Scientific and Industrial Imaging Specialist. Dalal’s extensive experience with imaging, high-speed cameras, and crash-test cameras helps explain how he came up with the idea.