A while ago Nissan introduced a wash and blow dry system for cars fitted with a rear-view camera. The idea was to create an automatic cleaning system for the camera and save the driver the hassle. Now they have taken this to the next level, creating a self-cleaning car. It is just a prototype for the time being, but it does work. And no, it’s not a delayed April Fools’ joke.
Based on a Note prototype, Nissan’s self-cleaning car features a unique super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint which repels water and oil, so pretty much nothing sticks to it. The car also has a technology called the Ultra-Ever Dry system, which creates a protective layer of air between the paint and environment, thus shielding it from dirt.
Nissan Technical Centre Europe is charged with the job of testing the self-cleaning Note prototype in a variety of conditions to assess the real-world effectiveness of this technology. So far it has responded well rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water.
It is not likely for Nissan’s self-cleaning car technology to drive carwashes out of business any time soon. Even if they decided to launch it for production car, Nissan says the technology will be offered as an aftermarket option.
Geraldine Ingham, Chief Marketing Manager for Nissan Note, comments, “The Nissan Note has been carefully engineered to take the stress out of customer driving and Nissan’s engineers are constantly thinking of new ways to make families’ lives easier. We are committed to addressing everyday problems our customers face and will always consider testing exciting, cutting edge technology like this incredible coating application.”
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