While not directly addressing vehicles, sibling-site's Engadget's post on pulse electrothermal de-icing (PETD) technology definitely has applications in the automotive industry.

Developed by Dartmouth college professor Victor Petrenko through his company, Ice Engineering, PETD uses a thin film applied to an existing surface that can break the two strongest chemical bonds between ice and a surface with a brief burst of electricity. Such a device would nearly make the hated morning ritual of ice-scraping a thing of the distant past.

There's no news of when PETD will be available for vehicles, but you can bet Lexus is already eyeing it for the LS sedan's novel-like list of standard features.

[Source: Cnet via Slashdot via Engadget]

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