OSRAM is to release a new vehicle air purifier, which easily fits on air vents to remove germs from the air inside vehicles and improve air quality.
The ultraviolet light of OSRAM’s new purifier works at a wavelength of 360 to 370 nanometers and can remove viruses and bacteria from the vehicle’s air with a reliability of up to 99.9 percent.
An OSRAM spokesperson said: “In a closed, small area, like the interior of a vehicle, harmful germs can easily spread.
“The driver and passenger unknowingly bring them along on the journey and then the ventilation system distributes the pathogens throughout the car – a risk, especially now with coronavirus.”
The device has already been successfully tested against bird flu viruses.
The air purifier also eliminates airborne allergens, pollutants and smells.
With a diameter of 7.5 cm the compact, round device is no larger than an apple and easily attaches to the vehicle’s ventilation slats with a clip.
The included USB cable supplies power to the air purifier via any standard USB socket.
Air is drawn into the unit and passed through a titanium dioxide filter, where it is cleaned by an array of UV-A light emitting diodes.
A photo-catalytic reaction kills viruses and bacteria cells before the purified air is expelled through the top of the housing.
The filter can be cleaned with clear tap water, dried and reused.
The air purifier is expected to be available from October 19 2020 in Europe.