Honda recently filed a patent to help address an ongoing problem when getting their vehicles cleaned at automatic car washes. Many car owners may not know that windshield wipers run the risk of getting gravely damaged -- because of the automatic wiper system -- when going through automatic car washes due to the scrubbers.
According to The NewsWheel, Honda is developing a new kind of technology so that automatic windshield wiper systems can detect when it is under an automatic car wash. Although it might not seem like such a big deal, the patent by Honda is actually a great thing for car owners, saving them a lot of money in case the wiper arms get dislocated from the car.
The new patent works in such a way that it leverages on sensors so that the car would be able to detect that it is being cleaned -- as opposed to being subject to a thunderstorm, where the windshield wipers are obviously necessary. The sensors would be able to detect noise and vibrations from the equipment used in an automatic car wash, sending signals to halt the automatic wiper system from initiating. In addition, the new patent from Honda also takes other factors into consideration, such as the usage of the brake or acceleration pedals, along with the car's speed, to figure out if the automatic wiper system should be overriden.
There is still no word on when the new technology from Honda will be released to the public. It doesn't seem like these are something car owners would definitely be watching out for, albeit it would definitely make the lives of car owners much more convenient. Not only that, but this has already sparked a new idea that either Honda or other car manufacturers can evolve further. Autoblog cites that car owners would probably be more impressed if they curate a "car wash mode" that could "automatically fold in the mirrors and deactivate the parking sensors" of cars as well. The online publication also noted that such technology could be used to avert any other damages that result from accidents.