Surely you only need to switch the auto wipers on when it's actually raining? There isn't any way of setting it permanently on and I believe that is due to possibility of damage to the wipers in frosty weather. If the windscreen is frozen and the wiper blades are stuck to the screen, having the auto wipers set to on would cause them to attempt to wipe as soon as you start the car and potentially damage the wipers.
There is a good reason for the autowipers to need resetting.
If set to come on all the time, what happens in winter, when its icy- yep! Ripped wipers or broken ones as they try to autowipe when window frozen.
All cars I know with autowipers do this.
Birksy you obviously have no snow / ice in Enfield or you garage your car all the time.Anybody who has had a frozen screen knows that auto wipers will burn out the motor trying to move them. Its only a single motion on entering car - once - hardly a major issue.
Granted London doesn't get as much snow & ice as other parts of the country, but was never a problem. I'd start the engine, clear the screen then just flick the stalk for a single wipe override then they were back on auto again. Its not a major issue but did take a while to remember that they were not 'always on' auto wipers.
My RAV had auto wipers that were selected by stalk - so you could have then enabled all the time. Not sure if they had any detection for ice or obstructions to prevent damage?
It also had Auto-lights (think the DS4 DStyle does as well?). I found he Autolights never really came on soon enough for my liking - I teen to put the lights on when the light starts to drop a bit rather then when it goes dark dark! They were good for tunnels and car parks though
Auto lights and wipers can only do so much - you may expect too much for it to have AI and know all about ice on screen and cloudy sky etc. Sometimes we have to participate in the driving experience, otherwise pre-order the Google car!