Drink­ing and driv­ing

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL -

NEVER pay petrol sta­tion prices for bot­tled wa­ter again as Ford has cre­ated a way to ex­tract wa­ter from its air­con­di­tion­ing pipes clean enough to drink.

The car com­pany is ex­per­i­ment­ing with ways to in­stall a wa­ter tap in the cen­tre con­sole of its fu­ture cars.

It draws droplets of con­den­sa­tion from the car’s air­con­di­tion­ing pipes — that would oth­er­wise drip on to the road — and then pumps the liq­uid through a fil­ter and into a wa­ter tap in­side the car be­tween the front seats.

It’s only a con­cept at this stage, but you have to ad­mit it’s pretty awe­some.

It takes about an hour of driv­ing to get a fresh cup of wa­ter but it means you may never need to pay ser­vice sta­tion prices for bot­tled wa­ter again.

There is just one catch: the tech­nol­ogy re­vealed at the Detroit mo­tor show is ex­per­i­men­tal for now, but if Ford has its way it will be in its lux­ury mod­els by 2020. Ford en­gi­neer Doug Martin came up with the idea af­ter he read about a bill­board in Lima, Peru, that turned hu­mid­ity droplets into drink­ing wa­ter.

Over three months it sup­plied more than 9000 litres of clean drink­ing wa­ter to nearby res­i­dents who pre­vi­ously didn’t have ac­cess to it.

“I thought cars go through air, too, so why not do some­thing with cars like that,” said Mr Martin.

“On the go H20 re­cov­ers wa­ter from the con­denser and air­con­di­tion­ing sys­tem, col­lects it, pumps it through a fil­ter and pro­vides it to the pas­sen­gers or driver for drink­ing,” he said.

Ford sees the tech­nol­ogy has a ben­e­fit to cus­tomers in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries with­out easy ac­cess to clean wa­ter but it could also be used in lux­ury mod­els.

“I think it would be pretty ex­cit­ing to ac­tu­ally see this go into pro­duc­tion some­where and make a dif­fer­ence,” he said.

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