• Jul 31st 2007 at 9:00PM
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Windscreen wiper blade designs have barely changed over the decades, but that doesn't mean they've reached the peak of their performance. One of the world's largest auto parts suppliers, Germany's Bosch, has developed a new wiper blade that can adjust itself to perfectly complement the shape of your car's windshield.

The wiper blade feature a spring-loaded rail that's connected to a steel bar whose job it is to force the rubber wiper onto your screen, forming an ideal curvature of the blade.

According to its designers, the new blade, or Aerotwin as it's called, applies pressure evenly along the length of the blade and in the long run reduces wear. A simple Quick-Clip Adaptor that comes with the Aerotwin means it can be retrofitted to most cars, but we suspect many new models will be featuring it or a similar system in the not too distant future. The wipers are now available in the UK but there's no word on a US release date.

[Source: Auto Express]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I've run the Valeo blades for over a year on my Focus, great wipers. They are pricey though.
        • 8 Years Ago
        What about the '02 passat, didn't it have them.
        The valeo ultimate are good also. The integral spoiler is lower, and centered. They work better on windshields that already have a good rake >45 degrees.
        The bosch icon are better winter versions (move snow better) and on vehicles with more upright
      • 8 Years Ago
      These blades are OEM on all new Honda Civics in the U.S.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I should say O.E., rather than OEM.
        • 8 Years Ago
        And the Nissan Altima, Chevrolet HHR, Toyota Camry...I've been seeing them on tons of new cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, the word "New" needs to be taken out of the title. I thought the legal definition is 6 months or less.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have a set of the michelin wipers of that type on my civic. They are virtually silent on the glass.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Rain X has developed something like this already...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Old news. Audi has used them on the A4 since 2004. Also, in America they are called, "windshields," not "windscreens." Sheesh
      • 6 Years Ago
      Beam Blades are way better than the traditional multi-piece frame blades. I've had TRICO NeoForm blades for a while now and they are unbelievable.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, they did, rain-x latitude. I have a set. They work pretty well. Which is kinda weird as they blades I replaced were rain-x blades (not the latitide ones) and they su-diddly-uck, Flanders.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Bosch has had the ICONS out for 3 years now. GM first used them on the G6. The Bosch are by far the best constructed frameless wiper, I've checked them all.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What is it different from the BOSCH ICON - just wondering - http://jobs.boschusa.com/AutoParts/WiperBlades/ICON/
      • 8 Years Ago
      And just because they're boring doesn't mean that a good pair can't save your life. I can't stand seeing people who don't replace their blades until they have fallen off.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Bosch ICONs have been available for quite some time. Strange, I thought you could replace just the wiper blade part if needed. Maybe I should think twice about getting icons on my windshield.
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