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Will self-cleaning car be a threat to carwashes?

July 26, 2012

Dutch researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology have developed a coating surface for cars that will never have to be cleaned, a VR-ZONE story reported.

The July 23 story said, "Potential real-life applications for this new material include never having to wash your car again, or never having to wipe fingerprints off your phone’s touchscreen."

The research was led by Catarina Esteves who works in the department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at the university.

One potential problem for the coating, though, is that it's "easily and irreversibly damaged by light contact."

The story said Esteves and her team are working to refine the technology further and put it into production before 2021.