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Nissan invents self-cleaning car

2014-04-25 08:46

LOOK CLOSELY: The right side of the Nissan Note is shiny white, the left grubby with road dirt and mud. Say goodbye to washing your car... Image: NISSAN

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2014 Nissan Note DIG-S

2014-02-27 09:16

Nissan's Note range has been boosted by the arrival in showrooms in Europe of the DIG-S - the name from the brand's new supercharged three-cylinder petrol engine.

  • Nissan tests nano-paint
  • Technology repels dirt
  • Note the first car to clean itself

ROLLE, Switzerland - Washing a car can be a chore - and a costly one at that. And anyway, who really wants to mess up a sunny Sunday morning by having to wash the family car?

Nissan has started testing a superpaint that repels mud, rain and 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 what is believed to be the world's first self-cleaning car.

...AND SELF-CLEANING CAMERA

To assess the paint job's real-world effectiveness 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.

VIDEO: Watch the self-cleaning Note in action

Nissan is the first automaker 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 clean the camera's lens automatically and ensure the Notes' safety sensors work in all conditions.

So far the coating, being marketed by UltraTech International, has responded well to common use - rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water. While there are currently no plans for the technology to be applied to new cars on the production line, Nissan will continue to consider the coating technology as a future after-market option.

Geraldine Ingham, chief marketing manager for Nissan, said: "Nissan engineers are constantly thinking of new ways to make families' lives easier." Millions of teenagers will also be relieved that their Sunday chore might be no more...

The Nissan Note has other technology to make driving safer. Lane departure warning, blind spot warning and moving object detection combine to form a virtual shield. There's also a 360°view monitor which relies on the self-cleaning rear camera.
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