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Honda Produces Car ‘Face Mask’ That Fights Viruses

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Innovation is a product of necessity, so goes a popular saying. Honda latest product is a testament to that belief. Face Mask

Honda Japan has rolled out Kurumaku – a new antiviral product for Honda cabin air filters.

They are installed on top of the cabin air filter (unlike the lead image above), working as a facemask to prevent the spread of viruses.

With a new strain discovered in several countries, the current coronavirus pandemic is far from over and this innovation from the Japanese marque aims to help.





So, how does the Kurumaku work? Face Mask

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Honda said that the product catches virus droplets with its special surface, reducing their shape and damaging them in the process. The technology uses zinc phosphate chemical conversion treatment. This is also used to prevent rusting on vehicles. Face Mask

In contrast with CN95 filters rolled out by other car brands like Geely, which prevents the entry of viruses and other particles larger than 0.3 microns, the Kurumaku works to destroy existing viruses inside the cabin – like those you might catch when you go for a quick grocery run or any public spaces.

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Honda believes that the Kurumaku can remove 99.8 percent of virus droplets floating inside the car. This can happen within 15 minutes of switching on your air recirculation. Viruses on surfaces, on the other hand, can be cleaned out within 24 hours. Of note, the Kurumaku is a consumable accessory that needs replacement annually or every 15,000 kilometers (9,321 miles). Face Mask

The Kurumaku will be first available for the Honda N-Box Kei car in Japan. It will come as a genuine accessory with an MSRP of 6,400 yen  before taxes. Expect the product to become gradually available for other Honda vehicles.









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