Published on April 29th, 2014 | by Important Media Cross-Post


Nissan Unveiling World’s 1st Self-Cleaning Car? (VIDEO)

April 29th, 2014 by  

Originally published on Gas2.
By Zachary Coffey

Nissan has released a new video showing off an interesting feature of the Note prototype. See, this Nissan won’t get dirty. By using their “secret” paint, the car repels moisture and dirt using what are most likely the same hydrophobic materials that have been used in the past few years in the clothing and manufacturing industries.

The Note’s driver side is coated with the water-loathing substance. Then, the car is taken through puddles, hugging dirt curbs, and beyond to show exactly how resistant this stuff is as the non-treated side is effectively caked with dirt while the treated side remains clean.

Nissan Note Self Cleaning Close

This is, however, not Nissan’s first attempt at a “non-stick” car. Back in 1994, Infiniti put out a commercial starring Jonathan Pryce showcasing the Q45’s new scratch-resistant, pollution-and-acid rain protected paintjob. During the spot, Pryce shoots suction cup darts at the Q45 demonstrating the car’s abilities as they slip right off.

Innovations in waterproofing technologies have led to everything from clothes to flooring being made super-duper waterproof, but as with most amazing inventions, there are drawbacks. If you look closely in the video before the filthiness begins, the “self-cleaning” side of the car appears a bit less glossy than the untreated side. There are also complaints that the hydrophobic paint forms a sort of film after some use.

As time progresses, these advancements will continue and scientists and chemists can iron out some of the wrinkles. Someday I’ll be able to hold my smartphones in between our ear and shoulder while using the can, thanks to hydrophobic coatings. Until then we’ll have to wash our cars and hold our phones like the savages that we are.

Source: Nissan

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  • Matt

    Prius now has something similar. Didn’t have when I got mine, but when my Dad got his last year it was a option. Don’t know if it was a dealer added option or a factory option.

  • This “secret” coating is called “Ultra-Ever Dry”. You can buy it in a can and spray it on just about anything. It works for a while but eventually rubs off.

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