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How Useful Are Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers?

Topped with all kinds of creature comforts, modern-day cars are getting smarter day by day. With OEMs bringing the latest tech on board, our driving experience has changed substantially. One such feature is rain-sensing wipers/automatic wipers. Equipped onboard almost all new vehicles, automatic wipers are the new trend. But are they worth it? Let’s find out.

What are Automatic Wipers?

Car Wipers
Car Wipers

For several years, automakers are trying to either eliminate the wipers altogether or control their speed automatically. Well, they did find success, and that is what we call automatic rain-sensing wipers.

Automatic Wipers can be understood as smart wipers that automatically turn on sensing rain, and adjust their speed as per the intensity of rainfall. Most automatic wipers use a sensor that is placed behind the windshield. When it rains, the sensor beams out infrared light that is reflected back at different angles based upon the intensity of water droplets falling on the windshield. The more the rain, the less the light is reflected. Based on the amount of light reflected, the system activates the wiper and controls its speed as well.

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Are Automatic Wipers Worth It?

Driving through heavy rainfall

Well, long story short, automatic rain-sensing wipers, are super convenient and handy, when it comes to driving safety. Amidst heavy rainfall, smart automatic wipers not only automatically adjust the wiper speed but also its frequency based on data related to your vehicle speed. This is a major safety benefit as heavy rainfall causes severe visibility issues. With automatic wipers by your side, you won’t need to manually adjust the wiper levels, as and when the rainfall pattern changes.

Moreover, when automatic wipers are combined with automatic headlamps, the combination becomes even more fruitful, because many times headlights need to be turned on for better visibility amidst heavy rainfall.

So this was all about how good automatic rain-sensing wipers are. Stay pinned to the GoMechanic blog for everything automotive.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Well to be fair i don’t fully disagree with your point mentioned above about how they are useful. I’m asking just how useful REALLY AUTOMATIC WIPERS can be!! I mean how hard is it control the intensity of wiper.. Isn’t just shift a Lever that’s all. I too have Automatic wipers but i find them kinda useless to be honest. And to be frank few of the so called COMFORT FEATURES new cars have are useless (Like electric closing boot etc)

    • Hi Bhawesh! While we respect that your experience with automatic wipers hasn’t been a fulfilling one, we believe that technology is all about making tasks easy. And in the automatic era we live in, smart algorithms can actually make our lives easier. Since rain is an unpredictable phenomenon, automatic wipers can automatically adjust based on the intensity and pattern of rain, without the need to constantly adjust the wiper lever, which a majority of people find useless to do.

    • Hey Umang! Thanks for being an avid reader of the GoMechanic Blog. While you might find this information petty, at GoMechanic we believe in bringing forth each and every aspect related to your overall driving experience no matter how long or short it is.

    • Hey Aditya! Thanks for being an avid reader of the GoMechanic Blog. While you might find this information petty, at GoMechanic we believe in bringing forth each and every aspect related to your overall driving experience.

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