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Honda has developed a new “mask” for air filters that it’s likening to a facemask for your car. The Kurumask, or car mask, will apparently filter out 99.8% of airborne viruses in 15 minutes.

Unfortunately, there is no real established method for determining how effective the mask is against COVID-19, but, like washing your hands, it likely isn’t a bad idea anyway.

In testing paid for by Honda, which measured the presence of E.coli phage molecules, the Kurumask-fitted air filter removed 99.8% of virus droplets circulating in the air in 15 minutes, and 99.9% of them in 24 hours. For the test, the filter holder of an N-Box microcar, operated on air-circulation mode as less air is brought in from outside.

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“We want to make drivers feel safe and comfortable even when they keep their car windows closed in cold weather,” said Takaharu Echigo, who was in charge of the filter’s development.

The Kurumask really does act as a mask in that it can simply be fitted onto the cabin filter and, according to Honda, it’s effective for about a year. It works by using microscopic spikes on its surface to catch and damage viruses passing through it. The team behind it were inspired by academic research that found that dragonflies use similar spikes to keep their wings clean.

Honda says it’s partnering with a team of engineers who are developing a car to transport COVID-19 patients. The idea behind the partnership is to provide a safer environment for the drivers.

The Kurumask debuted on the N-Box, the latest version of which went on sale on December 25, and Honda plans to make it available on other models as well.


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美國專利商標局(USPTO) 在聖誕夜公開了Toyota所申請的汽車清洗判定系統(car wash judgement system)的專利申請書,光聽名稱會讓人困惑,這是要判定車子洗的有沒有乾淨嗎?其實這專利是用在自動駕駛的共享車上,讓車子能知道自己何時需要清洗,該清洗時得開去哪個洗車廠清洗。有了這項專利後,能確保每個用戶所租到的車子都是乾淨的。

在汽車清洗判定系統專利的摘要中提到,這系統能藉由車輛的行駛資訊來判定洗車與否外,也會將天氣情況考慮進去。講人話就是,系統依照車輛的行駛距離與行駛道路的乾淨程度來判斷這輛車是否該清洗了,若需要清洗時,系統會告訴車輛離他最近的洗車廠,讓車輛自己開去清洗。

 

美國Evo Car共享車 Toyota Prius c 圖片來源:維基百科

是的!車子終於能自己開去洗車廠洗了,但這裡有個問題,洗只是洗外觀,並沒有包含車內清潔;另外,系統是依照行駛距離與車子行駛的路況來判定車子外觀是否需要清洗,完全忽略了車內是否髒了。所以即便有了這套系統,還是需要使用者們的公德心,才能讓每輛車裡裡外外都乾淨。

這項專利將來是用在美國共享的自動駕駛車上,與一般市售車無緣。Toyota與美國電商龍頭亞馬遜的子公司亞馬遜網路服務(Amazon Web Services,AWS)於2020年8月展開合作,未來Toyota將建立一套移動服務平台(Mobility Services Platform,MSP),來處理和分析可用於汽車研發的數據,這其中包含了乘用車、共享汽車與維護通知等。

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講到山寨車,第一個總會聯想到中國。不過這一款車,並非來自中國,卻有著與 Toyota RAV4 極為相似的車頭設計,有著極為明顯的致敬意味,這是來自俄羅斯 AvtoVAZ 的 Lada Niva Travel。

AvtoVAZ 的 Lada Niva Travel,車頭與 Toyota RAV4 就是極為相似。

俄羅斯的 AvtoVAZ,曾經與美國 GM 有著合作關係,GM 持有 AvtoVAZ 多達 50% 股份,隨著 GM 退出,AvtoVAZ 也正式獨立進行開發。旗下 Lada 的最新作品 Lada Niva Travel,以越野休旅車設計為出發點,車頭設計讓人聯想到第五代 RAV4,在車尾有外露備胎,車頂也有行李架規劃,不過整體與目前主流休旅而言,彷彿像是前一兩代的設計風格。

外露備胎的設計,讓人有種復古味。

近期 Lada Niva Travel 剛舉辦發表會,不久就會開賣。

以越野休旅為訴求,因此 Lada Niva Travel 搭配四輪驅動系統,不過動力卻有些悲劇,1.7 升汽油引擎,最大馬力僅 80 匹,最大扭矩 127Nm,配備 5 速手排變速箱。需花費 19 秒才能完成時速 0-100 公里加速,最高極速也只有時速 140 公里。 

目前售價尚未公佈,以前一代的售價來看,入門車型為 9600 美元(約 27.2 萬元台幣),新款上市的售價預計也不會相差太大。 

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