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UV light to disinfect your car

ETX Studio
 - 13/11/2020

Mobile phones, door handles and other daily objects are all potential COVID-19 hosts. And what about the inside of our cars? To protect drivers and passengers, a French company has come up with an innovative solution that disinfects cars using virucidal ultraviolet light.

Just like our handbags and wallets, car interiors can be genuine nests of microbes. Several surveys carried out in recent years, including one in 2017 by the CosmetiCar cleaning firm, revealed that a steering wheel or gear lever can have as many bacteria as a toilet seat! You’re probably going to think twice as you hail a taxicab or grasp the wheel of your own car!

Such basic hygiene issues are all the more preoccupying in the current Covid-19 pandemic. To reduce the risks, a French firm specialised in car cleaning and detailing may have found a solution thanks to a device they call the “UVmobi”. The brainchild of Frenchman Eric Breuil, it promises to disinfect our vehicle interiors in two minutes flat.

The device works thanks to a device equipped with four ultra-violet type-C rays of light, which is installed in the cabin by a technician and then activated remotely. Once finished, the interior of the car is entirely free of bacteria, including in places we forget or can’t reach, says the firm behind this innovative solution.

“We apply between 2 and 15 times the minimum dose required depending on the accessibility of the surface to be disinfected to kill the Covid-19 virus and all other germs present inside cars,” indicates Eric Breuil in a press release.

 

Cleaning takes place in empty cars to reduce risks

The idea of using UV light to disinfect our homes is not new and, since the arrival of the pandemic, a wide range of objects that diffuse UV light (lamps, robots) to remove all traces of Covid-19 has blossomed on the web. While the effectiveness of UV light against Covid-19 is still being evaluated, the solution is nonetheless gaining traction in numerous sectors and companies (public transport, sports clubs, healthcare centres and surgeries, etc).

For the inventor of the UVmobi, the technique has the added advantage of avoiding the use of toxic products that can harm both humankind and the environment. It does however raise the question of the potential dangerousness of UV light for humans, in particular the skin and eyes.

“Disinfection is of course carried out with the car totally free of occupants, as the classic ultraviolet light (254nm UVC rays) used by this device is dangerous to humans at high levels. The operator carrying out the disinfection must ensure that no one approaches the designated risk area within 2 metres of the vehicle’s open windows. Furthermore, the body of the car and the front and rear windscreens are equipped with a natural anti-UVC shield. UV-C light does not penetrate matter and a thick sheet paper can prevent it,” said Eric Breuil.

The company plans to soon launch a continuous disinfection service for public transport operators “using a new generation of 222nm UVC light that is risk-free for humans,” reported the founder.

 

Photo : © UVmobi