'Self-cleaning' car put to the test

Advances in technology could make washing the car unnecessary.

A self-cleaning car prototype developed by Nissan.

First published in National News © by

Relief for those reluctant to clean their cars could soon be on the way.

For Nissan has begun tests on a "self-cleaning" vehicle which could wash away the worries of those weary of doing the job themselves.

At Nissan's European technical centre in Switzerland tests are being carried out on innovative paint technology that repels mud, rain and everyday dirt.

The specially engineered super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint, which repels water and oils, has been applied to the all-new Nissan Note model.

Now engineers at the centre 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.

Geraldine Ingham, chief marketing manager for Nissan Note, said: "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."

However, there are currently no plans for the technology to be applied to the model as standard, so those keen not to get their hands dirty will have to pay extra for the privilege.

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