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Intermittent Wiper Improvements



Change the first two wiper stalk settings to sense wiping and intermittent wiping. Both settings would have adjustments on the touch screen, sensitivity for the sense settings, and speed for the intermittent setting.


Current wiper stalk has two positions for sense wiping, less and more.  This feature overcomes the problem that sense wipe seems to be unsuitable in some occasions, and a simple intermittent wipe would be better.

We presume this can be changed in software, but it may need a hardware change if the sense is set in hardware.


New neural net wipper solution being worked on that should offer improvements, perhaps for early 2019 release

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Category: Tags: entered 30-Nov-2016


I'm not sure if this is the right fix or not, but on neither my nor my wife's Tesla does intermittent wiping work properly and there seems to be no difference in behavior that either of us can figure out between the first position and the second position. Both seem to just randomly wipe. Really surprised there hasn't been a fix by now.
How about rain sensing wipers on AP2 cars?
rain sensing magic is on so many cars today, it's shameful tesla does not have it.
Yes, the wipers are definitely not at the expected level for a 100K+ car.

There is a sensor behind the mirror, so I don't understand why the wipers can't be set in automatic mode...
There needs to be a lower speed "occasional" setting for light rain. Even the lowest setting is too fast. I like the idea of a setting in the setup menus. Some people might like their wipers shipping on a near dry window. Personally I like I to wait until there is actually some rain to wipe because it doesn't tear up the wipers as fast.
Wipers should feature intermittent gradations. Mine frequently make no "sense".
The AP2 and AP2.5 cars don't have working rain sensing wipers.  I would hope that when they do get it that there will be a reasonable way to adjust how sensitive they are.  My Mercedes E500 (2004) worked great up here in the Pacific Northwest and I never really had to turn them off - either due to wiping when they should not or needing to speed them up due to a splash from a truck or a sudden downpour.

(Plus they were somehow speed sensitive on the highway too)

I know it's being worked  on but it really needs improvement from its current configuration.
It would be so nice if even one of the wiper settings would work intermittently. I’m not trying to be sarcastic when I tell you that I’d be thrilled if the wipers would work half as well as those on our 2009 Altima. i.e. we get to set the interval & $#6)ing wipers do what they’re supposed to do. Rain sensing? You’ve got to be kidding. Yesterday I was driving in a STEADY light rain. The slower of the 2 constant speeds was too fast. The faster of the intermittent settings took about 30 seconds to make its first swipe. The next never came. Really . . .
The automatic setting (selected via the touchscreen) is far too sensitive at the lowest setting.  i.e. wipers are energized far too frequently.  Similarly, the intermittent setting doesn't offer a slow enough frequency for those very light drizzle or misty days.  In that other manufacturers seem to have addressed this issue more directly, Tesla could as well.