Nissan Wants to Kill the Car Wash Industry

Some chemical engineers have just developed a hydrophobic paint treatment. In English, that means anything like mud and road grime is unlikely to stick to the car, at a molecular level — so you can drive in the rain, over dirt roads, and through muddy fields without ever needing a car wash.

It might not mean never having to wash your car again, but it should cut back on the number of times you pay a visit to Soap 'N Suds. No word yet from Nissan on when this coating will be an option on production cars, but you can expect to see it within the next couple of years.

Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. He used to be obsessed with detailing his car, then he realized how much time he was spending on it. He's all in favor of paint coatings like this.