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Say goodbye to the car wash, self-cleaning cars are coming

Car washes may become a thing of the past, because researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have developed a new coating that can make cars impervious to water, dirt and superficial scratches.

Although automakers are continuously perfecting exciting new technological gadgets for your vehicle's interior, it seems that basic exterior features are often overlooked. For example, have you ever envisioned a vehicle that does not require washing? Well, you may be in luck because researchers at the Netherlands’ Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have developed a self-healing vehicle coating, which seems poised to revolutionize the automating industry, as we know it.

Dr. Catarina Esteves and her team of researchers at the department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at TU/e are responsible for creating the new technology. According to Dr. Esteves, the nano-capsule coating features a chemical compound that is capable of reorienting themselves in the event of minor surface damage. Simply put, the chemical groups can rearrange themselves when scratched, thus providing a solution to superficial surface damage. Bear in mind, the coating will not repair scratches that penetrate beneath the exterior surface.

Aside from being scratch-resistant, the new coating paves the way for the first ever “self-cleaning car.” Dr. Esteves claims dirt and debris will simply wash away when it rains, eliminating all trips to the car wash. The occasional rain shower is all drivers will need to keep their vehicle looking showroom ready for long periods of time.

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