Nissan has developed a car that keeps itself clean thanks to a clever new paint technology.
The self-cleaning car prototype is coated with a “super-hydrophobic and oleophobic” paint called Ultra-Ever Dry, which is designed to repel mud, rain and dirt – and could mean that future customers may never need to wash their car again.
According to Nissan it works “by creating a protective layer of air between the paint and environment” that means water and road spray doesn’t stick to its surface. It’s clear from the images that the car doesn’t keep itself entirely clean, as the grille, headlights and other plastics will still need some suds at times.
The company says its European testers are planning to run the nano-painted Nissan Note hatchback through a variety of conditions over the coming months, and that the coating is currently being looked at as a “potential aftermarket application” but there are currently no plans for the technology to be applied to the model as standard”.
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