The idea struck Doug Martin, a powertrain controls engineer for Ford Motor Company who already holds over 70 patents related to the auto industry, when he read about a billboard in Lima, Peru that gathers water molecules from the humidity in the air and converts it into drinking water for the local community.
Shouldn’t a car be able to do that?
Martin immediately thought of the air condition condensation that drips from the car (which can produce more than 64 ounces of excess water per day) and the epiphany struck. Water continues to become a scarce resource and we should all be doing our part to conserve it in any way possible. Working with his colleague, John Rollinger, the pair created a prototype that collects the excess condensation, filters it and then feeds it to a faucet located in the vehicle for passengers to access.
This would not only conserve water, but could reduce the number of stops needed during a road trip, as well as the number of plastic water bottles used. But the potential for this invention doesn’t stop there.
“The real vision is that this idea could eventually help people who don’t have easy access to water, in remote locations such as the Australian Outback, for example,” Martin explains. “I’m trying to make my twin daughters proud, and make the world a better place for them.”