There’s an app that lets drivers request a car wash from any location in Tampa and Orlando. It’s called Washe. It’s free to download from the App Store and Google Play. A mobile detailer will arrive shortly to clean the car and provide other services (spray wax, seat detail, door detail, etc.) You can also schedule a car wash at a later time. From the app, you can select the services you want. Afterward, a picture is sent to the owner and payment is processed automatically.
This is the next-generation version of the homeless guy trying to make a few bucks washing car windshields at the intersection. They have smartphones now.
Here’s some historical background on the car wash:
1946: The start of the history of car washing dated back into 1914. People used manpower to push or move the cars through stages of the process. Eventually, manual car wash operations peaked at 32 drive-through facilities in the United States. Prior to this time, the evolution of car washing was just at the beginning, and that the automatic car washing was born. The first semi-automatic car wash was active for the first time in Detroit, Michigan using automatic pulley systems and manual brushing.
2001: As of this date, Hanna Car Wash Systems International has more patents and trademarks than any other conveyorized system manufacturer. At the peak of over 30,000 installations within 90 countries, with over 650 million vehicles currently being used worldwide.