Having to constantly clean your windshield of snow, rain and ice, in addition to constantly having to replace it because of small chips and divots, can be irritating. Fortunately, there are new technologies on the horizon that could mean you'll need to maintain your windshield much less than you do now.

Sonic Windshield Wipers

If you've ever looked at a modern military aircraft and noticed that it doesn't have any windshield wipers, you might wonder how it stays free of ice, fog, or anything else that might obstruct the view. The solution to this is that a sonic, "wiperless" system is used.

The system uses high-frequency sound waves at different frequencies in order to make it impossible for any extra material to stick to the windshield. The system will also immediately disintegrate anything currently on the windshield when it is turned on.

When this system finds its way into consumer hands, it will make it so that putting a lot of extra maintenance into clearing your windshield every morning will be a thing of the past. This also has the added benefit of making a vehicle more fuel-efficient due to being able to get rid of the weight and drag of the wipers.

The only reason why the system isn't available yet is because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn't cleared it yet. The NHTSA also claims that the system goes against an old rule that states that all vehicles have to have standard power-driven windshield wipers.

Self-Repairing Windshields

Another upcoming technology that could certainly cut down on how much extra effort you have to put into maintaining your windshield is self-healing automotive glass. This technology wouldn't allow windshields to heal themselves after being in heavy accidents that shatter them to pieces, however. Windshields would still need to be replaced in this situation.

Instead, this technology could self-repair when nicks and scratches mar the surface of the glass. Some types of this glass just have self-healing mechanisms inside them that automatically come to the surface to repair the glass whenever it's damaged.

Other types of self-healing windshields would require an operator to begin the process with an electric field. But either way, this technology is likely going to cut down on the costs of owning a car. In addition, it could also help cut down on the difficulty involved with having to constantly monitor the health and state of the windshield from moment to moment.

After all, scratches and divots in the face of a glass can be small and can cause greater damage to the windshield over time if you miss them. With self-healing glass, this will be unnecessary as the small bits of damage would be automatically eliminated.

These newer technologies will be helpful for your windshield in the future, but if your windshield has damage now, you shouldn't wait to take it to a windshield replacement expert to have the problem fixed as soon as possible.