VIRAL VIDEO: Nissan develops prototype 'self-cleaning' car

Nissan's protype

Free audio stream, including stories that are padlocked on our site. Listen on any device, anywhere. Updated twice daily. The audio stream takes several seconds to start on Android devices.

Launch Radio player

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 paint, developed by engineers at the Nissan Technical Centre in the UK, is hydrophobic and oleophobic, reports Wired.

"That means it repels water and oil. Nissan’s engineers have applied the finish, called Ultra-Ever Dry, to a Nissan Note and say it does a remarkable job repelling rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water. If the video is to be believed, mud literally slides right off."

There’s nothing new about hydrophobic or oleophobic coatings, Wired notes. Rust-Oleum offers a hydrophobic spray that works (mostly) as advertised, and the iPhone features an oleophobic coating to reduce fingerprints on its precious screen.

But it's new to cars, and Nissan will continue testing it. The Japanese car maker says it has no plans to offer the paint as standard equipment, but will consider making it an option.


This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags

NZ Market Snapshot

Forex

Sym Price Change
USD 0.7487 0.0001 0.01%
AUD 0.9619 0.0001 0.01%
EUR 0.6788 0.0000 0.00%
GBP 0.4912 0.0001 0.02%
HKD 5.8076 -0.0002 -0.00%
JPY 89.8940 -0.0110 -0.01%

Commods

Commodity Price Change Time
Gold Index 1198.1 -2.780 2015-03-05T00:
Oil Brent 61.0 -0.250 2015-03-05T00:
Oil Nymex 52.5 1.050 2015-03-05T00:
Silver Index 16.1 0.000 2015-03-05T00:

Indices

Symbol Open High Last %
NZX 50 5856.8 5882.4 5856.8 0.41%
NASDAQ 4979.9 4993.5 4967.1 0.32%
DAX 11427.6 11532.8 11390.4 1.00%
DJI 18096.9 18160.3 18096.9 0.21%
FTSE 6919.2 6968.6 6919.2 0.61%
HKSE 24274.9 24393.8 24465.4 -1.11%
NI225 18814.8 18846.7 18751.8 0.50%