- A YouTube video posted Thursday showed Tesla’s Cybertruck prototype and its large windshield wiper.
- In March, a photo appeared to show the wiper was unable to clear much of the windshield on the passenger side.
- Elon Musk has said the windshield wiper is “what troubles me most” about the Cybertruck’s design.
When a photo featuring a prototype of Tesla’s Cybertruck surfaced last month, many people became fixated on the truck’s single, large windshield wiper — and the large section of the windshield on the passenger side that apparently was left dirty after its use.
Now, a YouTuber has captured drone footage of the electric truck and its windshield wiper in action, giving us a birds-eye view of how it could work in a final product.
The video posted Thursday to YouTube by Brad Sloan, showed drone footage of the Cybertruck and its windshield wiper and what appears to be an employee holding a spray bottle.
In March, a photo shared on Twitter by Tesla’s head of design Franz von Holzhausen showed him standing in front of a prototype of the Cybertruck. Behind him, the truck’s windshield wiper appeared unable to clear a good chunk of the window.
Last year, a leaked video of the Cybertruck showed an early model of the large windshield wiper — a design element that was added to comply with US road safety regulations.
Elon Musk has previously tweeted about his concerns regarding the Cybertruck’s large windshield and windshield wiper design.
“The wiper is what troubles me most,” Elon Musk tweeted in December 2021. “Deployable wiper that stows in front trunk would be ideal, but complex.”
The Cybertruck vehicle is still in development, meaning the model and windshield wiper shown in the video may not be implemented in the final product. A release date for the vehicle has also been pushed back three times, Insider previously reported. Due to design changes, the release date for the truck was pushed back to early 2023, Reuters reported.