Nissan creates self-cleaning car

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The Japanese carmaker is currently working on a special super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint, which repels water and oils thus removing the need to regularly clean its cars.

No, this isn't an extremely delayed April Fool's Day joke, it's very real and it is potentially coming to Nissan models in the near future.

Nissan Technical Centre Europe has applied the special new paint to a Nissan Note test mule to assess the real world effectiveness of a paint that repels standing water, oil, dirt and general road grease.

In the words of Jennifer Aniston in the L'Oreal adverts, "here comes the science bit." Ultra-Ever Dry technology works by creating a protective layer of air between the paint and environment, effectively stopping standing water and road spray from creating dirty marks on the car's surface.

Nissan self-cleaning car

Nissan self-cleaning car


Nissan says the high-tech paint has responded well to common use cases including rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water but it doesn't plan to make it a standard option on upcoming car, instead offering it as an aftermarket solution.

This isn't the first time Nissan has employed self-cleaning technology on its vehicles as the marque already offers a 'wash and blow dry' function on the Note's reversing camera. It uses water and compressed air to automatically keep the lens free of dirt and ensure the Notes' safety sensors work in all conditions.

Take a look at the innovative paint in action below