Padmini VNA's patented ClearBlade wiper solution – the next level in erasing safety concerns
MOTORINDIA|January 2021
A windshield cleaning system that is made as unobtrusive and performance-oriented as is possible – making it highly safe giving the driver a clear see-through view of the road. Prakash Bhalekar, President and CEO, Padmini VNA Mechatronics shares more about its unique capabilities and other niche products in the pipeline, besides talking about the company’s market strategy with N.Balasubramanian.
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A product of ClearDrive Tech – a joint venture between Padmini VNA Mechatronics and iPortfolio Group (based in Denver, Colorado), the ClearBlade wiper solution has two key goals—to promote safety and become a critical part of a driver’s visibility.

Prakash Bhalekar, President and CEO, Padmini VNA Mechatronics shares: “Our idea is to create a good cleaning method that is inexpensive and therefore, can be adopted well beyond a certain class of passenger cars. We have spent about a couple of years developing this product. We have significant testing done in-house, and we as developers use it to monitor the developments. Now we are getting out of the development phase and trying to commercialize it. We are in the early stages of talks with several OEMs to see how they can adopt it in their newer models. Additionally, we see an opportunity in the aftermarket also, with retrofit options.”

ClearBlade overcomes common wiper hazards like spray glare, pooling of wiper fluid causing visual distraction, and also situations where the fluid can get swept away by the wind. It delivers cleaning fluid through a row of outlets between two rubber blades on the wiper assembly. The fluid exits from the bottom of the wiper minimizing haze. The wiper technology is designed such that liquid is utilized conservatively, the screen is clean efficiently and better vision is promoted.

Premium Quality Product

Enhancing safe driving is priceless and ClearBlade is positioned in the market to do exactly this. Bhalekar shares: “It is a premium product but the cost gets balanced out when it comes to the enhancing safety factor. We are pitching it to the discerning customer who recognizes the value we are offering. We will be targeting the mid-level passenger vehicle category. And it is also something which the OEMs can position as a USP. We are also in discussions with CV manufacturers.”

Advantage ClearBlade

ClearBlade is designed for all types of vehicles including trucks, heavy equipment, specialty fleets, military vehicles and passenger cars; its universal connector increases its applicability, and its sleek design makes it look similar to the standard wiper systems.

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