Washing cars is an acquired taste. Some people love doing it, while others hate it. In India, we prefer getting it done by someone else for a fee. This, though, may soon change. Nissan is testing a nano-paint coating for vehicles which will make washing a car… well the car’s problem, not yours.
The video below shows the whole testing process on the European Note hatchback. It shows the hatch going through dirt as if auditioning for a detergent commercial. It further shows the dirt slipping off the body. The key to the process is the special layer of super-hydrophobic and oleophobic material called Ultra-Ever Dry that is sprayed over the paint. This creates a layer over the body to protect it from the elements. This means that when dirt and dust come in contact with the coating, they just roll off just like water on water-repellent jeans.
Nissan admits that the coating is still in an early testing stage. The Japanese company says that they have no plans of offering the Ultra-Ever Dry coating as a standard feature, but may offer it as an aftermarket addition in the future. And that they are testing it for longevity. They will be analysing and testing it over the next few months to see how it reacts in different conditions.
Nissan's self-cleaning car prototype press release
|Washing a car can be a chore - and a costly one at that. In response, Nissan has begun tests on innovative paint technology that repels mud, rain and everyday dirt, meaning drivers may never have to clean their car again.
The specially engineered super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint, which repels water and oils, has been applied to the all-new Nissan Note to create the world's first self-cleaning car.
To assess the real-world effectiveness of the super-hydrophobic as a potential aftermarket application, engineers at Nissan Technical Centre Europe will be testing the self-cleaning Note over the coming months in a variety of conditions.
Nissan is the first carmaker to apply the technology, called Ultra-Ever Dry®, on automotive bodywork. By creating a protective layer of air between the paint and environment, it effectively stops standing water and road spray from creating dirty marks on the car's surface.
It's not the first time ‘self-cleaning' technology has been used on the Note. The car already features a ‘wash and blow dry' function on its rear view camera. This uses water and compressed air to automatically keep the lens free of dirt and ensure the Notes' safety sensors work in all conditions.
So far, the coating, which is being marketed and sold by UltraTech International Inc®, has responded well to common use cases including rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water. Whilst there are currently no plans for the technology to be applied to the model as standard, Nissan will continue to consider the coating technology as a future aftermarket option.
Geraldine Ingham, Chief Marketing Manager for Nissan Note, comments, "The Nissan Note has been carefully engineered to take the stress out of customer driving and Nissan's engineers are constantly thinking of new ways to make families' lives easier.
"We are committed to addressing everyday problems our customers face and will always consider testing exciting, cutting edge technology like this incredible coating application."
The all-new Nissan Note is already packed with innovative technology to make driving safer. Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Moving Object Detection combine to form the Nissan Safety Shield. This unique package is powered by 360° Around View Monitor technology which relies on the unique self-cleaning rear camera - an innovation already breaking new ground in the B segment.
Bringing premium technology and sharp design to the B-segment is at the core of the new Note's appeal, with innovative thinking applied to all aspects of its design and engineering.