A Brief History of Wipers

• American inventor Mary Anderson patented the first windshield wiper design in 1903.
• Windshield wipers became standard equipment on cars around 1916.
• The first wipers were hand-operated. Electric wipers didn’t arrive until the late 1920s –
and were only found on luxury cars.
• Intermittent wipers were invented in the 1960s by an engineering professor from Michigan.