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Where Were These Windshield Wipers During The Polar Vortex?

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Tired of wiping snow and ice off your car’s windshield? Well, one man has invented a system that can do the dirty work for you.

Called the Wiper Assist, this self-slapping windshield wiper system will clear snow and ice from the windshield and wiper blades of its host vehicle. As Autoblog notes, the task is "arguably the worst thing about winter, outside of shoveling and road salt."

But Wiper Assist's inventor, John Couch, told The Huffington Post the technology, which he's been working on for nearly 10 years, is helpful in all sorts of weather conditions, as the system's ability to slap can clear off debris that can limit a windshield wiper's effectiveness.

Couch said he probably "failed a hundred times" before he figured out the best method to keep windshield wipers and windshields clean, and based off of the video above, the system appears to be very effective. (He also has a video of an earlier prototype from 2010 on his YouTube page).

Couch shopped Wiper Assist -- billed as "the most advanced wiper system in the world" -- to a number of automakers, but after failing to find a taker for the technology, his company, Motor City Wiper, is now on the hunt for investors.

He said he's hoping to offer the system to consumers for under $300 per set.

The plan is to first make the system available for semi-truck drivers who, due to their vehicle's immense size, generally have a harder time cleaning their wiper blades and windshields. Couch also noted the system can benefit those with disabilities and the elderly, whose physical condition may make cleaning a car's windshield and wiper blades more difficult.

Perhaps those on ABC's "Shark Tank" can help Couch get his technology on the market. Surely, Canadian investor Kevin O’Leary has had to clear his windshield from snow enough times to see value in investing in it.

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