System and method for removing liquid from rear window of vehicle
Patent 6340192 Issued on January 22, 2002. Estimated Expiration Date: May 14, 2021. Estimated Expiration Date is calculated based on simple USPTO term provisions. It does not account for terminal disclaimers, term adjustments, failure to pay maintenance fees, or other factors which might affect the term of a patent.
A system and method for efficiently removing rain water and the like from a rear window (backlite) of a vehicle. A rear spoiler or air deflector is provided for redirecting air toward the backlite and causing the speed of air flow to increase. A hydrophobic coating is provided on the major exterior surface of the backlite. Air directed by the air deflector over and/or across the surface of the backlite functions to remove the rain water and the like from the backlite. In certain embodiments, the hydrophobic coating may include diamond-like carbon (DLC) deposited on the substrate in a manner to increase its hydrophobicity.
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