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For the last 100  years in automotive history, cars have used moving wipers to mechanically clean their windshield. Now there is a breakthrough Italian technology that could make obsolete the windshield wiper.  

The Italian design house of Fioravanti, celebrates its 20th anniversary with the design of a car which does not need conventional wipers.

The car: Fioravanti Hidra uses nanotechnology to keep its windshield clean without wipers.  

How does it work?  

The windshield is made  of a special glass with four high-tech layers that change the characteristics of  glass at the molecular level.   The  car, dubbed Hidra, uses a special aerodynamic design along with four sophisticated surface treatments to the windshield to keep the driver’s view clear. The first treatment filters the sun and  repels water. The second is made of nano-dust which is  able to push dirt to the edges of the glass. This dust is activated by the third layer,  which senses dirt and activates the second layer as necessary. Finally, it’s all topped off by the fourth  layer which is a conductor of electricity to power the whole  mechanism. Already working  today, this technology will be part of production cars in five  years!  The  car, dubbed Hidra, uses a special aerodynamic design along with four sophisticated surface treatments to the windshield to keep the driver’s view clear. The first treatment filters the sun and  repels water. The second is made of nano-dust which is  able to push dirt to the edges of the glass. This dust is activated by the third layer,  which senses dirt and activates the second layer as necessary. Finally, it’s all topped off by the fourth  layer which is a conductor of electricity to power the whole  mechanism. Already working  today, this technology will be part of production cars in five  years!

The Fioravanti Hidra is a concept car. It is a 5-door, 4 passenger multi-purpose coupè.   It aims to also showcase next-generation alternative energy powertrains and flexible vehicle architectures.   The Hidra will be demonstrated at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show.  It aims to also showcase next-generation alternative energy powertrains and flexible vehicle architectures.   The Hidra will be demonstrated at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show.

The owner-designer of the design house is an ex-Pininfarina employee called Leonardo  Fioravanti.   Leonardo at one time, designed the Ferrari Daytona, Ferrari Dino, Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer, the Ferrari 308 GTB, and the Ferrari 288 GTO under the banner of Pininfarina. 

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