See the light when it comes to germs and viruses in your car
Cooley On Cars
Let's face it cars are pretty gross.
Either those Uber's and lifts you hop in and out of with the rest of humanity or taxis that have been always doing the same, or even your filthy car, but technologies arriving to make things a little less disgusting.
Let's take a look.
What you want to do is get a clean environment in your vehicle and that typically comes down to what's in the air.
I think most of us know not to touch the seats of a shared car and then go wipe our eyes or nose that should go without saying, but how do you deal with stuff?
You can't even see or touch.
Take a look at what JVC is doing.
They have got a new air purifier that kind of looks like an Amazon echo this column shake thing.
You stick it in your cup holder.
It runs off the 12 volt outlet.
Your car, and what it does is run a heppa filtration process and an ionization for scent reduction on the air that it passes through it.
It's not unlike things you might have at home, and there are a bunch of these on the market but not all of them are brand name to be honest.
This guy moves a little under eight cubic meters of air per hour.
To give you a comparison, the inside of a RAV4 is about four cubic meters, maybe a little less.
So this should refresh the air and an average combat crossover twice an hour.
So it's not blowing a gale but it is definitely moving things through a cleaning process, should be on the market later this year about 90 bucks and like I say, there are many of these out there but this one's a name you know.
By the way, you can't get this technology built in from the factory.
Some cars not offer it typically as an option.
I think the first time I saw it was back in seven, on an early Toyota Camry Hybrid.
That had sharps plasma cluster technology built in that cleans and ionizes air.
And, it's all built into the hbic system, no thing to stick in your couple.
Want really serious air filtration then you need to get a Tesla Model S or X. The only cars I know of that promise you can literally survive a military grade bio attack by sitting in their car, if you've activated their bio weapon defense mode.
You just press the bioweapon defense mode button.
This is a real button.
Tesla does nothing in half measures.
Now let's talk about vents and how we deal with those, things can get trapped in there deep in the bowels of your car's ventilation system.
air comes in from outside that could be Filthy.
You cough and sneeze, that stuff may lodge inside the vents.
And then it sits in the warm afternoon Sun parked with things percolate in a nice warm closed environment.
[SOUND] So look at what Jaguar Land Rover's doing.
They are in development of an internal ultraviolet C technology that will zap and clean everything that passes through the vent system before it comes out.
Into the cabin, into your face.
You wouldn't see this.
It would be buried in the car.
Yanfeng, a major automotive interiors maker for the car industry, is looking at something similar, kind of a module that would mount up on the ceiling on the headlining of the car, and similarly cycle air through it, UVC zap it, and then cycle it back out nice and clean.
You can also see on the front, they also envisionary a bunch of scent profiles from woods to citrus.
I'll pass on those but prove that the mark can still allows anything that will cover the smell of pot.
Now notice UV-C Tech is serious stuff.
It's the same tech that is used in hospitals many case Even to combat multidrug resistance superbox.
So we are talking about real top line technology.
On the other hand, don't go out and buy a UV-C light and start using it on yourself or mounting it in your car.
UV-C kills bugs, UV-C also causes cancer.
So you wanna make sure you are using it in a closed environment where it's processing air not processing people.
However, recent research at Columbia University Medical Center found a variant of UVC light that is of narrow bandwidth.
And at the far end of the UV spectrum can kill viruses but not cause human cancer or cataracts.
Maybe that signature blue becomes part of the future of automotive interior lighting one day.
So what's one to do whilst waiting for these in car disinfecting technologies to take hold?
There's one example maybe you're not as extreme as I am.
So then take a look at some of the sprays you can use in your car disinfecting sprays, I know they sound a bit like a lot of hooey.
But they tend to sort of fog the anterior to really gain the nooks and crannies not just spraying the air.
And they also indicate this you'll notice.
To really get them into the vents.
There's that vent hotspot again.
Lot of these sprays say they'll kill everything from coronavirus to norovirus, so hell, they might save the cruise industry.
Another thing to look for is in your local area detail services that are really all about being sanitization or sterilization services.
This is kind of a new outcropping in the detail biz lately, and they really go after getting things sanitary, they're a little more focused on the grime than the shine.
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