Researchers over the at The Netherlands’ Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) may have found a breakthrough that could eliminate the task of washing our cars forever.
This isn’t the first time TU/e researchers have discovered a breakthrough that could impact our automotive lives. A couple of years ago, TU/e researchers discovered a blend of concrete and titanium dioxide that could remove up to 45 percent of the nitrogen oxides that it comes in contact with. This time around however, it’s a self-healing coating that can be applied to vehicles to help superficial scratches heal themselves. In addition, water droplets would simply just roll off the surface taking any dirt with them.
Of course this coating, as of right now, only takes care of surface scratches, and not anything that is actually deep into the paint. But the concept is interesting, as the highly water-resistant coating essentially means leaving your car out in the rain will actually wash it, rather than stain it. Unfortunately, there’s a good six to eight years before any of this could ever come to market.