Chinese automotive company Geely is using pollution technology in its new compact SUV Icon, that can allegedly stave off pathogens and viruses, akin to wearing a mask. The launch introduced the company’s intelligent air-purification system that works with the car’s air conditioning to prevent pathogens from entering the car’s cabin. It also removes and eliminates the ones that have entered.
Geely vehicles equipped with the new Intelligent Air Purification System (IAPS system) will receive an advanced new active carbon chemical filter that can effectively absorb harmful gases such as formaldehyde as they enter the vehicle and is also able to filter out irritating odor and harmful pollutants once they are detected by the automatic system. In addition, the IAPS is equipped with a negative ion generator that is able to sterilize and deodorize in vehicle pollutants and aim to remove in airborne viruses, bacteria, fungi, and molds, etc, achieving the same level of air filter as an N95 respiration system.
This strategy is part of Geely's "Healthy Car Programme" that has the ambition to develop health-driven vehicle technologies. This includes improved air-conditioning filters, micro-positive cabin-pressure technology to restrict contaminants from entering the vehicle and self-cleaning materials for heavily used touchpoints (such as handles and buttons).
The market for health and wellbeing-focused design in the automotive industry is evident in sales. Geely’s Icon received 30,000 pre-orders before its launch