Nissan tests first self-cleaning car

Self-cleaning bodywork on Nissan Note
The right side of this Nissan Note has been treated with Nissan’s self-cleaning coating. Spot the difference?

I’d normally associate a headline like this with April Fool’s Day, but it’s the 24th of April and this is no joke: Nissan is now testing a prototype self-cleaning car, with a view to offering this feature as an option on future production models.

Despite the number of car cleaning product reviews I’ve published on this website, I don’t especially enjoy cleaning cars, and usually do it out of guilt, as much as anything else.

I’m sure I’m not alone in this, either — so could I be driving a self-cleaning car in the not-too-distant future?

Nissan says yes. The Japanese firm  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.

So far, the coating, which is being marketed and sold by UltraTech International Inc®, has responded well to common use cases including rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water. It’s now being given a thorough testing by engineers at Nissan Technical Centre Europe, who will be testing the self-cleaning Note over the coming months in a variety of conditions.

Geraldine Ingham, Chief Marketing Manager for Nissan Note, comments:

“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.”

You can see the Note’s self-cleaning bodywork in action in this video — it’s highly impressive. I want one:

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