Allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, is when your immune system overreacts from allergens and pollutants in the air, which results to colds-like symptoms such as stuffy nose, pertinent sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and swelling around the eye area. It’s a condition that largely affects the population — and Volkswagen (VW) is putting an end to it. Well, at least inside their cars.
The German marque introduces Air Care Climatronic feature. It’s an air conditioning system that uses an air quality sensor and active biogenic filter to keep allergens—such as pollen, fungal spores, dust, hay, among others—out of a Volkswagen vehicle.
So, why did VW create such delicate feature for their cars? Well, it looks like Germany has a high percentage of developing hay fever as revealed by the German Allergy Sufferers and Asthma Association (DAAB), amounting to 20% of their population. This is triggered by the allergens that fill their air during summer and autumn.
In the Philippines, allergic rhinitis is also a common occurrence among Filipinos. According to a study published in US National Library of Medicine, 20% of Filipinos are affected by hay fever. As a hay fever sufferer myself, I can say that this new feature is a great help, especially when driving in the provinces where there’s a higher allergen concentrate.
The Air Care Climatronic feature is available in new Volkswagen models with 2-zone and 3-zone climate controls. We have yet to hear from Volkswagen Philippines if this new feature will be available in their new cars, but we sure hope it will.