Honda develops virus-killing "mask" for cabin filters – paultan.org01/04/2021
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Honda has launched a new product designed to kill viruses inside your car. This antiviral “mask”, which sits on top of the cabin air filter, is called Kurumask and is being released by the company’s Access division as an accessory for the newly-facelifted N-Box kei car.
Unlike the N95 filters introduced by Geely (and by extension, Proton) and other companies soon after the pandemic hit, this mesh covering isn’t meant to keep particles from entering the cabin in the first place. Instead, its primary purpose is to catch virus-infected droplets circulating in the interior and damage the viruses using its unique surface shape.
This antiviral property is thanks to a zinc phosphate conversion treatment – the same kind used to prevent rust on vehicle bodies. Honda claims that since Kurumask doesn’t use chemicals to kill viruses, the risk of the viruses themselves becoming resistant to it is lower.
The company says that while it is only offering Kurumask on the N-Box for now, it will gradually expand its availability to other models. The product is being sold at authorised dealers in Japan at a retail price of 7,040 yen (RM270).
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