Wow! A Self Cleaning Car! Nissan’s Mind Blowing Breakthrough!
Isn’t it a drag to take your automobile to a car wash? You spend some time sitting around. You pay a lot. Your car comes out shining and clean. As good as new. All good? But in a couple of days or three, the rain comes down, you drive through a mud splash, someone else drives through a mud splash when your car is parked next to it. And you’re back to square one. Maybe it happens right after the car wash. Itsmud and everyday dirt, not even winter’s salt and grime. It’s frustrating! But what can you do. Your car won’t clean itself. Or would it?
Not yet, maybe, but the solution could be just round the corner! Nissan has been testing a prototype car that cleans itself. It doesn’t need to be cleaned by you. That’s good news. Almost too good to be true. Whoever heard of a self-cleaning car?
Well, let’s take a look at what Nissan is up to.
What Nissan is doing is using a revolutionary paint technology which produces a surface that repels both water and oily substances. Simple isn’t it? Nothing sticks to the car. So how does this happen? It probably goes on as an additional coating over the paintwork. This was developed by a Florida based company Ultra Tech International, specializing in clean-up products, and it is called Ultra-Ever Dry. What it does is impart a surface that consists of geometric patterns on a nano-scale, which effectively forms a cushion of air over the surface, without affecting the gloss of the original paintwork. Any liquid or semi-liquid that falls on this surface will only touch the tops of the geometric nano patternand will be held together by inter-molecular cohesive force otherwise known as ‘surface tension’, and float off over the air cushion. If you’ve ever seen water sliding off a duck’s back, this is similar. To see this coating in action, watch this video. It will blow your mind!
Nissan is the first automobile company to try out this technology on a car.
The Nissan Testing Center in Europe has engineers already working on a Note and will be testing it through varying conditions over the next few months. Sources say that they are already getting encouraging results from rain, spray, frost, and sleet and standing water.What they did was paint half of the car with this finish, leaving the other half untouched, and then drive it through really bad conditions. The uncoated half was soon stained and muddied, while the coated half retained its pristine finish. The pictures and a video seem to bear out that fact. You have to see it to believe it is true.
This technology was introduced by Ultra Tech International in 2012, but till now has never been tested on automobiles.
You may know that the Nissan Note already uses a wash-blow-dry technology to keep its rear camera clean. If the new technology passes all tests, they may be pushing the car as an auto-cleaning car.“The Nissan Note has been carefully engineered to take the stress out of customer driving,” according to the chief marketing manager of this hatchback. “We are committed to addressing everyday problems our customers face and will always consider testing exciting, cutting edge technology like this incredible coating application.”
Nissan does not plan to introduce this coating as standard at the present, but they may offer it as a future aftermarket optional finish.
This would seem like a very good thing. In these hectic days, when the least available commodity is time, a self-cleaning car will seem like a godsend. To carry the idea further this technology could be applied on the windshield, largely doing away with the wipers. Who knows?
Well, do you like the idea? I bet you do. Check out how this technology works.