Nissan has developed the world’s first self-cleaning car and, although the Japanese carmaker does not plan to include the benefit of covering its vehicles in nano paint as standard, it could become an aftermarket option. The company has joined forces with UltraTech International Inc. and tested the latter’s hydrophobic and oleophobic paint that can spare car owners from trips to the car wash. The Nissan Technical Centre Europe is currently working on finding out whether the nano paint can pass the test of time or not. The team’s spokesperson stated that the paint can cope well with “rain, spray, frost sleet and standing water.”
Although the self-cleaning car developed by Nissan will not become available in the near future, the carmaker’s team at Cranfield in Bedfordshire, United Kingdom is planning on testing it “in the real world” over the following months. The Japanese company admits that the coating is still early in testing, but the trials in the upcoming period should conclude whether the Ultra-Ever Dry can last for the long term. According to Nissan’s press release regarding its latest creation, namely the self-cleaning car, the European model Note “is the first car to trial paint which could make car washes obsolete.” Although the company does not wish to use the Ultra-Ever Dry on all its cars, “potential aftermarket application” is taken into consideration by Nissan’s engineers in Europe.
The nano paint created by UltraTech International Inc. has the ability to repel rain, mud and everyday dirt, including some oils and wet concrete. The coating develops a protective layer of air between the paint and environment, which keeps the car from getting dirty. The Japanese company has not offered further details regarding whether Ultra-Ever Dry should be applied only once in the car’s lifetime, but Nissan’s press release suggests that car owners “may never have to clean their car again.”
Chief marketing manager Geraldine Ingham stated that Note model has been planned to make its owners’ lives easier and safer and, although similar coating can be bought separately, Nissan is the first automaker to try it on its cars.
However, developing a self-cleaning vehicle is not the Japanese carmaker’s only success. Its “smart rearview mirror” looks like a normal mirror, but a camera mounted in the rear windshield helps drivers have a clearer view of what is behind the car. The mirror itself is still available if car owners wish to go old school or should the camera fails. Nissan’s new mirror can be admired by U.S. customers at the New York auto show, which will close its doors on April 27. Carmakers will be obliged to install rearview cameras on all new cars by May 2018.
The Nissan Note, a European model which has used by engineers to test the nano paint that prevents dirt, rain and mud from sticking to the car is expected to go through extensive tests in the upcoming months. Ingham also emphasized the fact that the team of experts is committed to solving issues that clients might have “and will always consider testing exciting, cutting edge technology like this incredible coating application.” Regardless of whether the nano paint used by Nissan to develop its self-cleaning car will be solely be an aftermarket option or not, the Japanese carmaker has set a premiere in this domain.
By Gabriela Motroc