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Nissan Develops a Self-Cleaning Car

samzenpus posted about 5 months ago | from the keeping-it-clean dept.

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Nicole Arce reports at Tech Times that engineers at Nissan are using a 'super-hydrophobic' and 'oleophobic' paint finish called Ultra-Ever Dry on the new Nissan Note supermini that can repel water and oils, as well as dirt, dust, mud and grit. The paint uses nanotechnology to create a thin air shield above the surface of the car that makes rain, road spray, frost, sleet and standing water roll off the car without tainting its surface at all. '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,' says Nissan's press release. Nissan says it has no plans of making the special paint job a standard on factory models but it will consider offering the self-cleaning paint as an aftermarket option. Nissan is now attempting to determine if the material is durable for long-term use on vehicles — and if it will hold up in different weather conditions around the globe. The Japanese automaker plans to test its custom technology this summer in Europe, with researchers based in its England technical facility using a Versa Note for testing."

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They should paint the underside with it (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853265)

Maybe the car will repel the dirt and float.

Re:They should paint the underside with it (5, Funny)

zugmeister (1050414) | about 5 months ago | (#46853417)

I'm visualizing a car with sparkling clean paint and an opaque coating of dirt on all the windows...

Re:They should paint the underside with it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853465)

You can see the dirty headlight, which wasn't treated...on the treated side in the video.

Re:They should paint the underside with it (1)

davester666 (731373) | about 5 months ago | (#46853841)

Really? I was thinking that periodically a bunch of cats would emerge from the trunk and lick the car clean, then return to the trunk to be fed.

Re:They should paint the underside with it (2)

RabidReindeer (2625839) | about 5 months ago | (#46857337)

I'm visualizing a car with sparkling clean paint and an opaque coating of dirt on all the windows...

Actually, when they said "self-cleaning", I had envisioned some way that it got rid of all the old McD's french-fry bags and other trash all over the backseat flooor.

Re:They should paint the underside with it (1)

zugmeister (1050414) | about 5 months ago | (#46864673)

Now THAT would be truly useful. I'd choose that over dirt repellant paint any day!

Re:They should paint the underside with it (3, Interesting)

RevWaldo (1186281) | about 5 months ago | (#46853923)

Either float or sink even faster. Not quite sure how that'd work out.

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Re:They should paint the underside with it (1)

Spy Handler (822350) | about 5 months ago | (#46854935)

it would sink even faster. All the water would slide off of it, and the car would drop to the bottom of the lake like it's in a freefall!

Re:They should paint the underside with it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46860441)

I think that a car being filled with air is more determinant in the sinking speed than hydrodynamics.

Re:They should paint the underside with it (3, Insightful)

nospam007 (722110) | about 5 months ago | (#46854591)

"Maybe the car will repel the dirt and float."

Who cares about the outside, I want a car that cleans itself on the inside.

Oh oh Turtle Wax (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853287)

This is very want.

Does she (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853317)

lick herself?

I'm sure it will work.... (4, Insightful)

russotto (537200) | about 5 months ago | (#46853321)

...for the first 10,000 miles or so. Damage will accumulate and after a while it'll work as well as an old nonstick frying pan.

Re:I'm sure it will work.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853425)

So just like regular clear coat then.

Except this will not need washing until it wears, regular clear coat most certainly does.

Re:I'm sure it will work.... (1)

The123king (2395060) | about 5 months ago | (#46853559)

But instead of getting flakes of teflon in your dinner, the guy behind you gets flakes of paint on his windshield?

Re:I'm sure it will work.... (1)

Khashishi (775369) | about 5 months ago | (#46854151)

Maybe true. But nothing should stop you from reapplying it.

Re:I'm sure it will work.... (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | about 5 months ago | (#46855749)

But can you?? I can imagine this stuff degrading to where the self-cleaning action is no longer useful, but still intact to where a new coat of paint wont stick either. It's like state of purgatory for paint.

Re:I'm sure it will work.... (1)

Solandri (704621) | about 5 months ago | (#46854641)

That really depends on whether this is just an oleophobic layer put on top of the paint, or if the paint itself is oleophobic. Like you I suspect it's the former. But if they've managed to create the latter, then it should last until the paint wears through or flakes off.

Re:I'm sure it will work.... (3, Informative)

LordLimecat (1103839) | about 5 months ago | (#46855841)

Ultra-ever dry wears out eventually anyways. The guys at Arstechnica tested it [arstechnica.com] , and it apparently lasted about a week before fading. But on the plus side your car will look REALLY new for that first week!

Re:I'm sure it will work.... (1)

gurps_npc (621217) | about 5 months ago | (#46859141)

I have seen tests that clearly show similar products work for months (more if kept out of the sun), if properly cared for.

Still not great, but a lot more than a week.

Re:I'm sure it will work.... (2)

Mashiki (184564) | about 5 months ago | (#46857335)

I dunno. I've got a non-stick frying pan that I've been using for 10 years that doesn't have any teflon coming off. The secret is: Not too much heat, don't use metal utensils, wash separately, don't shock between hot and cold.

Not really new! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46866085)

The technique is not really new. In germany they sell such coatings for many years and not only for new cars. Everybody can coat itself his old car and in addition it's not only selfcleaning but looks like new. Look at Cenano.de

Re:I'm sure it will work.... (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 5 months ago | (#46857505)

TFS mentions that they are testing durability. Talk about redundant.

Re:I'm sure it will work.... (1)

internerdj (1319281) | about 5 months ago | (#46858711)

This is R&D from a company that sells cars. A general assumption going in is: if the end consumer hasn't bought a new one at that point something has gone horribly wrong.

Self-cleaning or just repellent? (5, Insightful)

suprcvic (684521) | about 5 months ago | (#46853325)

Self-cleaning sounds a whole lot cooler and is a better marketing term, but it's not really self-cleaning, it just repels things. Not really the same thing.

Re:Self-cleaning or just repellent? (1)

babydog (3443655) | about 5 months ago | (#46853535)

The Pontiac Aztek was pretty repellent. Or maybe repulsive.

Re:Self-cleaning or just repellent? (1)

The123king (2395060) | about 5 months ago | (#46853563)

Repellent to dirt != repellent to rednecks

Re: Self-cleaning or just repellent? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853741)

The Aztek is repellant to anyone who knows anything about cars.

Re: Self-cleaning or just repellent? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853797)

Don't you mean anyone with eyes?

Having eyes, I never got close enough to one to know whether it is also repellant to anyone with ears.

Re:Self-cleaning or just repellent? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853961)

Of note Walter White drove one for the longest time.

Re:Self-cleaning or just repellent? (1)

camperdave (969942) | about 5 months ago | (#46854987)

Of note Walter White drove one for the longest time.

Ah! So the lung cancer was only a convenient excuse. It was really the Aztek that made him Break Bad.

Nissan Juke (1)

CrAlt (3208) | about 5 months ago | (#46856515)

The Pontiac Aztek was pretty repellent. Or maybe repulsive.

The Aztek doesn't look all that out of place compared to all the little "crossover" SUV's rolling around now. If you want to see repulsive check out the Juke. http://commons.wikimedia.org/w... [wikimedia.org]

Did nissan develop a self cleaning car? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853333)

or just watch those videos we all saw of ever dry and say the same thing we all said "i want to paint everything in that"

Poop! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853335)

So can it handle bird poop? As an owner of Inifiti/Nissan's self healing, scratch-shield paint - I'm not too impressed with their advanced paint tech so far.

Re: Poop! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853479)

Ars Technica did a review of ultra ever dry where the put a bunch of sticky mud in a toilet coated with the stuff. It worked very well. As an added bonus you got to see one of their guys cover himself in ketchup and mustard and the watch it fall off his clothes.

Re: Poop! (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853503)

The Link [arstechnica.com]

Just another day's work for AC...

Re:Poop! (2)

qbast (1265706) | about 5 months ago | (#46854197)

Sure. Poop will slide from roof right onto a window.

Now make this for the inside of the car (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853339)

Particularly for those with children. Will sell like hotcakes as long as it repels hotcakes anyway.

That's bad news for me (3, Insightful)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | about 5 months ago | (#46853347)

Insofar as the dirt isn't harmful to my car (salty grime in the winter for instance), I keep my car dirty on purpose. Nothing better than a really dirty car to prevent it from being broken into or stolen when I leave it parked downtown. I just clean the door handles and the license plates.

Re:That's bad news for me (3, Funny)

CRCulver (715279) | about 5 months ago | (#46853467)

I take it you were inspired by this [jt.org] classic Saturday Night Live sketch?

Re:That's bad news for me (1)

The123king (2395060) | about 5 months ago | (#46853573)

I follow the same idea. Who's going to steal a shit car full of shit and covered in shit? I also follow the same rule with most portable electronics. My macbook is covered in dents and scratches, not on purpose of course, but it still helps bring it's resale value down. Of course, i'm buggered when i come to sell the thing, but i'm pretty confident i could leave it in a Starbucks and no-one would pinch it.

Re:That's bad news for me (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46854211)

Your crap hasn't been stolen because you've been lucky, not because thieves and fences are the fussy little princesses you imagine them to be.

Re:That's bad news for me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46854629)

Crack fiend don't care if your macbook is pretty. Crack fiend cares if it will buy him his next hit.

Re:That's bad news for me (1)

camperdave (969942) | about 5 months ago | (#46855005)

Crack fiend don't care if your macbook is pretty. Crack fiend cares if it will buy him his next hit.

Why am I sensing a Honey Badger/Crack Fiend crossover meme developing?

Re:That's bad news for me (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 5 months ago | (#46855627)

Insofar as the dirt isn't harmful to my car

The dirt is harmful to your car. So, you have failed.

If you do not wash and wax your car, then the microfractures which form in the polymer layer over time will permit moisture to attack the pigments in the paint, which causes further paint failure. This permits moisture under the paint, which obviously leads to oxidation of the substrate, which then causes paint failure.

Wash your damned car. Much if not all of this will be right there in your owner's manual, which you should have read cover to cover.

Re:That's bad news for me (2)

mjwx (966435) | about 5 months ago | (#46855683)

Insofar as the dirt isn't harmful to my car (salty grime in the winter for instance), I keep my car dirty on purpose.

Not true,

Dirt tends to hide corrosives that will damage paint and cause rust over time. Especially if you live on the coast or they use salt on the roads during winter.

Nothing better than a really dirty car to prevent it from being broken into or stolen when I leave it parked downtown.

A dirty lambo is still a lambo. If you want a theft proof car, get something like a 2000 Hyundai Getz that isn't worth anything.

Re:That's bad news for me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46857881)

Thief proof car is one that doesnt run.
Nothing will stop drunken little idiots stealing your car to hoon around in. People have no damned respect for other peoples property anymore

Sounds cool but... (1)

Gavin Scott (15916) | about 5 months ago | (#46853349)

It probably wears out in a year or two and/or requires $100/month in exotic maintenance supplies, and if you ever put wax on the car it will destroy its self-cleaning properties, etc.

G.

Same "oleophobic" as used on smartphones? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853397)

Because they're not the least oleophobic.

Re:Same "oleophobic" as used on smartphones? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853689)

Fear of Japanese cookies?

Re: Same "oleophobic" as used on smartphones? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853711)

Just because you are afraid doesn't mean you are repulsive.

Ask any assault victim.

How about for the interiors? (3, Interesting)

jfengel (409917) | about 5 months ago | (#46853413)

I find that the exterior of my car more or less takes care of itself. Sure, it could be better, but it rains and the worst of the crud is washed off. And then the mud kicked up puts more crud on; even if I did put effort into washing it, it would be nearly as dirty within weeks. I practically never wash my car, and they last well over a decade. It's not the limiting factor in the car's life span.

What I'd really like it something that made the *interior* cleaner. Of course it's not going to neaten up my tool boxes and spare clothes and fast-food wrappers, but if it could somehow at least deal better with stains and dripped mud, that would make me happy.

I gave strong consideration to the Honda Element for just that reason; it's designed to be hosed out. I ended up going with the Fit for the mileage. And it could really use some detailing. I get my car cleaned every so often not for the outside, but because they also do the inside.

Re:How about for the interiors? (4, Insightful)

MindStalker (22827) | about 5 months ago | (#46853427)

And in reality this is a lot to do with modern paint itself. 20 years ago your car would have rusted out very fast because you never cleaned it.

That and location (1)

PPalmgren (1009823) | about 5 months ago | (#46857825)

If you live in the southern US states, you don't have to deal with snow and ice often, and as a result also don't have to deal with brine and de-icing agents on road as much. Those things will cause good damage to cars when the cars are exposed to them on a regular basis, and in southern states its good to wash your car after a period of having them on the roads.

There's a reason when you go to Philly or Detroit that most the cars look asstastic, and its not because of standard of living or income. Classic car enthusiasts look to buy from the southern states for the same reason.

Re:How about for the interiors? (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about 5 months ago | (#46853447)

Never mind the car interior . . . if I drive it through my living room window, will it clean the inside of my house . . . ?

Think of it as an inverse car wash drive through . . .

Re:How about for the interiors? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853819)

Drive-by house cleaning?

Re:How about for the interiors? (1)

Todd Palin (1402501) | about 5 months ago | (#46853843)

What I want is a self vacuuming car. I don't care that much about the outside, but when there are so many fast-food wrappers on the floor that the pedals don't work well, something needs to happen. If they can invent a Roomba, why not a Carba? Maybe they will need to add a paper shredder to it though.

Re:How about for the interiors? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46854217)

Don't forget to wear a spacesuit.

Re:How about for the interiors? (1)

camperdave (969942) | about 5 months ago | (#46855107)

What I want is a self vacuuming car.

The 2014 Honda Odyssey now comes with a built in vacuum cleaner, so technically, it is a self vacuuming vehicle.

Re:How about for the interiors? (1)

jfengel (409917) | about 5 months ago | (#46861237)

How does that work? Is it tied in to engine vacuum? Or is it just plugged in to the electrical system?

Re:How about for the interiors? (1)

camperdave (969942) | about 5 months ago | (#46862185)

Electrical. It can run when the ignition is in the "accessories" position (times out after eight minutes or so to prevent battery drain). It can also run continuously if the engine is running.

Re:How about for the interiors? (1)

jfengel (409917) | about 5 months ago | (#46863243)

Ah, ok. Somehow, I find that less neat, if it's just a built-in Dustbuster. Still, as one whose car is in DIRE need of a vacuuming, I gotta say I'd be glad to have the system there.

Re:How about for the interiors? (3, Interesting)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about 5 months ago | (#46854015)

I gave strong consideration to the Honda Element for just that reason; it's designed to be hosed out.

Buy a Wrangler? Just take off the roof, remove the doors, and hose it down.

Re:How about for the interiors? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46854621)

I owned a Honda Element for 10 years. They sure said that it was designed to be hosed out, but the driver and front passenger footwells were the lowest part of the interior and I never found a proper drain.

Still a wonderful car, and a friend wanted it badly enough to buy it for a slight premium over bluebook just as it was hitting some of its old age problems. The door locks on the Elements and CRVs apparently all wear out around that same time so that the keys don't really fit.

Re:How about for the interiors? (1)

number17 (952777) | about 5 months ago | (#46855523)

Salt [dmv.org] . Do you live where they salt the roads or near an ocean?

Re:How about for the interiors? (1)

CrimsonAvenger (580665) | about 5 months ago | (#46858669)

No. I don't.

My mother has just reminded me that they salt the roads where she lives, so I should wash my car after my visit to her house last month but one.

That would be the first time in the ten years I've owned the car that it's been exposed to brine on the roads....

Re:How about for the interiors? (1)

jfengel (409917) | about 5 months ago | (#46861247)

I live in Maryland. We get salt on the roads, but only a few times a year. Surely it would be better to have it washed off, but the rain seems to do the job well enough. I have yet to have rust as a significant factor.

Pro-Pain! - TASTE the MEAT and the HEAT! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853419)

nt

How effective would this be against grafitti? (1)

mark-t (151149) | about 5 months ago | (#46853435)

[nt]

Not developed by Nissan. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853531)

Ultra-Ever Dry is a standalone product and has nothing to do with Nissan.
Nissan just applied it to a white car since the product generates a semi-transparent matte white finish when it drys.
http://www.ultraeverdrystore.com/

Re:Not developed by Nissan. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853935)

I tested the use of Ultra-Ever Dry on rock sliders (look like side steps for those of you that aren't familiar with offroading) on my Jeep. It worked ok, but definitely discolored the paint (black paint had a hazy very light blue dusting), but more significantly there are two problems:

1.) It wears off (in the case of my test, nearly instantly in the spots where I put my feet to climb in the Jeep) with abrasion - so anywhere you have road/salt/dirt/sand spray from the tires, the coating won't last very long (think weeks-to-months, not years).
2.) It washes off with either soap or oil - so the first car wash you go through, it's gone. The first time someone drips a little oil (oil change or other service) or gas (every time you hit the pump) the coating will be locally worn away - and then you will have a spot you have to clean... and each cleaning will wear away more of the coating.

So I don't know about this Nissan process - but Ultra-Ever Dry isn't really very useful in automotive situations.

That's nothing (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853533)

Taco Bell and I invented "self-shitting pants."

Researched in England (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853577)

All cars are England are self cleaning, just leave them out in the rain long enough (I haven't cleaned my car in 2 years)

Insects... (1)

boule75 (649166) | about 5 months ago | (#46853601)

Insects splashing on the car and birds defecating upon it while it is parked is what really makes the car dirty.

I am not so sure this solves that...

The Spray on version doesn't last long (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853697)

Applied to various plastics and placed in a UV chamber with condensation for 1,000 h shows the coating loses most of its effectiveness...

So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46853799)

Can this be applied to the windshield as well? Because I honestly couldn't care less about the body of the car, if I can't see where I'm going.

And feel this surface... (1)

RevWaldo (1186281) | about 5 months ago | (#46853953)

Hey, hey you can’t! See? It’s totally frictionless. Oh this must be one mother of a mover!

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And the point is what? (1, Flamebait)

DrHyde (134602) | about 5 months ago | (#46854145)

What's the point? Have they not heard of rain at Nissan? I find that rain does a really good job of cleaning my car.

Re:And the point is what? (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | about 5 months ago | (#46854345)

Here where I live, people will spend fifty bucks on a book of coupons that entitles them to three or four car washes. I don't get it, but then I drive a stripped black Ford Ranger, not anything that turns heads. Repeated, excessive car-washes in the end damages the paint and you end up with an uglier car faster.

Winter is a bitch (2)

Elfich47 (703900) | about 5 months ago | (#46854583)

It the paint works as advertised (lots of companies are working to develop similar products) it will have a significant effect on the automotive, transport, flight, rail and other industries that move things and people around:
This coating prevents the build up of corrosive materials and as a result slows the corrosion process, extending the life of vehicles, trains, planes etc. Getting road salt off of a car in the winter is a big thing because road salt eats cars alive. If a coating can prevent it from sticking to the car in the first place vehicles are going to last a lot longer.
I can see the plane industry leaping at this the moment it is commercially viable: A coating that prevents wings from icing up? Yup, put that on every plane that comes out of the factory and retrofit it onto every plane in the fleet.
The moment a coating like this can be made crystal clear automotive manufacturers will put it on windshields and bug strikes sticking to the windshield will be a thing of the past.

Have they solved the fragility problem? (2)

Animats (122034) | about 5 months ago | (#46854223)

A material that does this has been sold in the US since 2013. The consumer version is Rust-Oleum Never-Wet [rustoleum.com] . When new, the surface really will not retain water or mud. But the Rust-Oleum product doesn't provide a tough surface, and the effect doesn't last if the surface is touched or rubbed much. [consumerreports.org]

It might make sense for cars. For this to work, you need a surface that you want clean, gets dirty, but isn't a working surface. That's a car body.

Waxing? (1)

Kernel Kurtz (182424) | about 5 months ago | (#46854241)

I wax my car several times a year, both to protect the paint with a sacrificial barrier and to make it really shine (Klasse + Pinnacle for anyone who cares). I use a clay bar once a year as well.

I'm guessing at best the wax will defeat the repellant qualities of the paint, and at worst the paint may repel the wax.

I can see this as being good for for people who can't be bothered with keeping their car clean. Probably not so much for people who care.

I'm mostly H2O and oils (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46854283)

Hammocked in sugars, amines, and frayed connective tissues. Will the car have to be tied to keep it from running away from me? Or will it just be - as others have noted - too afraid and repelled by me, to disobey?

Asbestos Effect? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46854327)

Will the normally abraded nano particle dust and fragments just pass through normal mammals, or will they aggregate iron and other stuff in the blood and organs - starting with eyes, lungs, and digestive system - ripping them away from water and oil. Cell membranes are ... ? Will keeping everything moist help? Like, in a pool. And cycling the pool water through a nanodust catching filter?

Re: Asbestos Effect? (1)

phozz bare (720522) | about 5 months ago | (#46854837)

It's for your car, not your cat, dude.

Re: Asbestos Effect? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46855315)

Abrasion. Cats. Bugs. Air. Dirt. Dust. Even good old water. Acids. Bases. NO2. CO. UV. Palladium, for all I know. Other catalysts wafting around in the traffic jam or stuffy garage.
Whooshfest.

Test location: Florida during love bug season (1)

DodgeRules (854165) | about 5 months ago | (#46855205)

Let's see how well the paint job stands up to and repels the remains.

Re:Test location: Florida during love bug season (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46856971)

I was just thinking that. Driving through clouds of those buggers, even at slow speed, will utterly cover your car and start to eat the paint if you don't get their splattered corpses off pretty soon.

aerodynamics repels dirt (1)

bzipitidoo (647217) | about 5 months ago | (#46855481)

More aerodynamic cars stay cleaner. Lot of the dirt never reaches the surface of such a car.

Maybe this paint is neat, but it's a fancy, high tech solution to a problem that already has a low cost, money saving, low tech solution. A solution that, thus far, manufacturers and the public are ignorant of or prejudiced against. Never ceases to amaze me how people can declare aerodynamic shapes "ugly" and use that as the excuse to refuse to have anything to do with it. One rabid Mustang fan I know is even prejudiced against things like vortex generators on the trailing edges of truck trailers, because they're "ugly". As if a rectangular corrugated grey box isn't already butt ugly, and anyone cares about the looks of them anyway.

Re:aerodynamics repels dirt (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46856423)

I want to know how aerodynamics is gonna be relevant when you are doing 20km/h...

Re:aerodynamics repels dirt (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46857763)

Solar cars tend to be super-aerodynamic, and none of them really qualify as pretty: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S... [wikipedia.org] . Almost nothing on this page is really pretty either: http://www.designboom.com/cont... [designboom.com]

Besides, that saharan dust that the rain brings down mostly lands on my car (along with pigeon shit) when it's sat on the drive.

Door Dings? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46856485)

How about a Mini Nano robot that slaps the shit out of someone when they ding your door?

Promises promises.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46856749)

.... And like all the waxes out there that promise the same, it will only be tested in california, where you might get a light coat of dust on your car every 5 months.... Please test your product in Finland during winter before making claims of being "self-cleaning"!

Does it work on bird shit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46856821)

That would be ideal for my horrendous parking space. That crap (excuse the pun) literally eats my paint job!

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