Tesla’s Cybertruck has made headlines since its unveiling in 2019, largely due to its unusual design and impressive features. One of the most striking features of the Cybertruck is its enormous windshield, which provides an unobstructed view of the road ahead. However, the windshield also presents a unique challenge: how to keep it clean.
Recently, a new drone video has emerged showcasing the Cybertruck’s comically large windshield wiper in action. The video, shot by Brad Sloan above Tesla’s Texas Gigafactory, shows the Cybertruck undergoing a wind tunnel test. At the 13:42 mark, the XL wiper blade is shown starting to move, with a decent reach across the majority of the windshield. While it still doesn’t reach a good chunk of the glass in front of the passenger, it does seem like an improvement over some earlier prototypes.
Elon Musk himself has expressed concern over the Cybertruck’s wiper, calling it the feature that “troubles” him the most. Musk has suggested that a deployable wiper that stows in the front trunk would be ideal, but complex to implement. It remains unclear if the current design will be the final one, but with production looming, it’s likely that the design is nearing completion.
Despite the challenges posed by the Cybertruck’s unique design, it remains one of the most highly anticipated vehicles of recent years. In January, Musk announced that the Cybertruck is expected to begin production this summer, with a slow ramp-up to mass production in 2024. While this is three years later than originally expected, the Cybertruck’s innovative features and futuristic design continue to captivate the public imagination.
As with any new vehicle, there are bound to be some challenges along the way. However, Tesla’s track record of innovation and problem-solving gives hope that the Cybertruck’s unique design features, including its enormous windshield, will be successfully brought to market.