No matter how you feel about them, masks are now a part of our daily lives to slow the spread of COVID-19.
In the near future, it’s possible that your Honda vehicle might be able to do its part by wearing a mask of its own.
Called the Kurumask, or car mask, it’s not an actual mask for the front of your ride, although that could be cute. Instead, it’s a filter that goes over your vehicle’s standard cabin air filter to stop viruses and bacteria.
The “mask” was originally developed by a third party to help move COVID-19 patients while protecting drivers. Honda then paid for it to be tested against E. coli phage molecules.
In testing, the Kurumask managed to nab 99.8% of the virus droplets in the air in 15 minutes with the climate system on air-circulation mode, limiting outside air coming into the cabin. The number rose to 99.9% in 24 hours.
There isn’t an industry standard yet for testing specifically against COVID-19, but these numbers against another harmful droplet is a good sign.
It’s not a surprise an automotive company is trying to do what it can to stop COVID-19 from spreading inside cars. Many businesses have upgraded their air circulation systems this year with...