Airlabs the air quality technology start-up has officially launched its flagship product the airbubbl, an in-car carbon nano filter which is designed to remove pollutants from the interior of a vehicle.
Initially funded via a kickstarter crowd-funding campaign which raised over 50,000, the product is designed to work by drawing polluted air from the car cabin into the middle of the small, back-of-seat unit, which contains a nano carbon filter and a highly effective particle filter.
Two fans deliver 35 m3/h of clean air, which cleans the air inside a typical car in around three minutes.
After passing through the device, cleaned air is released back to the car cabin.
According to Airlabs, the patented airflow design ensures the clean air reaches the driver and other passengers first.
Airlabs proprietary filtration technology guarantees that gases and particles are removed efficiently, the developer claims.
The airflow can be controlled via a mobile app that feeds back statistics on the amount of air that has been cleaned, according to the company.
Retailing at a total of 299.99 the product is available via amazon and directly from the developer.
Marc Ottolini chief executive of Airlabs, the manufacturer of airbubbl, said: Whether you are a car commuter, a parent on the school run or someone who drives for a living, unfortunately you currently spend a great deal of time inside your car breathing in dangerous gases and pollutants on a daily basis. And for those with respiratory issues the problem is even more pronounced.
We all recognise and are worried by the risks of active and passive smoking, but just being in a vehicle can be just as bad for your health. We want people to understand these risks and help them make the car a healthier environment.