Nissan unveils self-cleaning car | New Release - Car News Apr 2014

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12:33 Friday 25 Apr 2014

Washing a car: to some of us, it's an enjoyable and therapeutic process; to others, a costly and time-consuming chore. If you fall into the latter camp, you'll be pleased to hear that Nissan is developing a new kind of self-cleaning paint which repels mud, rain and dirt, meaning drivers may never have to wash their cars again.

Nissan has applied is new specially-engineered super-hydrophobic (that's water-repellent, to you and me) and oleophobic (oil repellent) to its new Nissan Note, creating what it describes as the world's first self-cleaning car.

The new technology, dubbed Ultra-Ever Dry, creates a protective layer of air between the paint and the environment, effectively stopping standing water and road spray from marking the car's paintwork.

And apparently the results are good. The coating has reportedly worked well in preventing rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water in dirtying the car's paint, and although Nissan has no plans to roll the technology out across the range, it will continue to develop the coating with a view to making it an aftermarket option for its cars.

It's not the first time Nissan has used self-cleaning technology on its cars: the Note already features a 'wash and blow dry' function on its rear view camera, which uses water and compressed air to keep the les free of dirt.


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