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Nissan hates washing the car as much as you do

April 28th, 2014 Category: Office Cleaning

Do you put off washing the car until the birds leave you no other option? Japanese manufacturer Nissan feels your pain and has recently revealed that it is testing a “self-cleaning" vehicle. It claims that this groundbreaking technology will make the humble car wash “obsolete”.

The company has developed technology – called a superhydrophobic treatment – that can be applied to the body of the car, meaning that water based substances will roll off it like water off a duck’s back.  

This great news for drivers that like to take their cars to the countryside or off road and for those who just don’t like having to wash their vehicle, only for it to become grimey again when it’s taken out on the road.

Nissan is currently testing the special paint on its new Note model, and claims it has “responded well to common use cases including rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water.”

If the technology proves to be completely successful car owners could find themselves saving a few quid on unnecessary car washes, shampoos, wax and their water bills. They could also spend the time needed to make their vehicle shine on something more enjoyable.

The Japanese manufacturer is contemplating whether to sell the paint wizardry as an upgrade option, costing around £450. Theoretically, this means that a car owner would never once have to wash their vehicle while they own it. 

So, how does it work? In short, the manufacturers have found a way to manipulate the properties of the treated surface. Superhydrophobic treatments are able to repel water-based compounds by increasing the contact angle of water droplets, causing it to roll away rather than becoming stuck to the surface. 

Nissan isn’t the only interested party in self-cleaning technology. Back in January, Aamir Patel, a 20-year-old college student, announced that he had created a shirt that could repel stains. 

He claimed that the material – enhanced with silica particles – could resist even the most ruinous of liquids, including mustard and maple syrup. However, Mr Patel needed more funding to produce mass amounts of the shirts.

Maybe one day we’ll live in a world where our bodies, clothes and belongings repel dirt and grime, meaning washing machines, car washes and baths will become completely obsolete!

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