Drinking and driving
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.