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Ovation: Self-Cleaning Cars.

04/26/2014

NissanI know people who drive cars filled with clutter.  Piles of books, a gym bag, a basket of laundry, a tennis racket and a bowling bag might be on their back seat while empty soda bottles and fast food wrappers flutter about the floor boards if they open the window on the highway.  I can’t live like that.  I keep the inside of my car spotlessly clean.  There’s never so much as a coin on the console and I always look for anything that I might be able to throw into the trash can by the gas pump every time I fill my tank.

The outside of my car, on the other hand, is filthy.  But, this week, so are most of the other cars in town.  The pollen count has been so high that you can almost watch the stuff form a layer on your windshield when you stop at a red light.  Yesterday, I saw a white truck that looked like it was turning yellow!  This winter was ridiculous.  With the extreme cold weather, everyone was afraid to wash the salt off of their cars because they thought the doors might freeze closed.  When we did get a random day above freezing, the lines at car washes were so long our cars didn’t feel all that dirty any more.

Yesterday, Nissan announced that it’s testing a “super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint” that’s resistant to water and oils.  The technology, known as Ultra-Ever Dry is in prototype form and is said to work like Rain X (where the solution reacts with pores in the windshield glass to create a barrier that repels raindrops).  Somehow, Ultra-Ever Dry creates a layer of air between the paint and the environment so, when mud, dir or oils touch its surface, it rolls off and leaves a clean, streak-free appearance.

Nissan has offered a self-healing Scratch Shield on its cars for years and it seems that the new technology is a combination of Scratch Shield and Rain X.  While the cost of the paint, and how long it can be expected to last, has yet to be revealed no plans were announced to include it as a standard feature on Nissan vehicles.

Maybe cars that are always clean on the outside will motive folks to keep the inside clean, too.  What do you think?  As for me, I’ll believe it when I see it.

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  1. I did think the new van that has a vacuum cleaner inside it was the greatest invention. OId fries and nuggets. Yuck. Congrats on the spotless car. Mine is sort of clean.

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