David vs. Goliath: The intermittent windshield wiper story
“On a rainy day in 1962, Robert Kearns had one of those meandering thoughts that separate great inventors from mere mortals: What if a windshield wiper paused between each wipe, like a blinking eye?
He constructed prototypes in his basement, filed a patent, and began to dream up a plan: He’d set up a pretty little factory in Detroit, become a major supplier of windshield wipers, and go down in history as one of the automobile industry’s great innovators.
Then, Ford stole his idea.
For nearly 30 years, Kearns waged an impossible legal battle against one of America’s most powerful companies. In the end, he won millions of dollars — but it cost him his sanity, his marriage, and the remaining years of his life.”
Read this fascinating story here.
Windshield wipers are something we usually take for granted these days. However, imagine how impossible it would be to drive in downpouring rain or a snowstorm without them? For decades there were no intermittent pauses of wipers. Now, drivers have a multitude of speed options to choose from depending on how hard it is raining. Without these options it would be no surprise to see a sharp increase in automobile accidents during inclement weather.
At Advantage Auto Glass, we know that a properly installed windshield is crucial to safety as well. That’s why we perform all of our windshield repairs and replacements by the book! If you need auto glass service, call us at 612-343-8984 or visit our windshield repair page for more information.