Ford's New Software Will Use Heat To Disinfect Police Cruisers
May 31 2020
As reported by the official representative of the press service of Ford, method of cleaning the vehicle inside of the viruses, including the coronavirus, is fairly simple to use but very effective.
After working with six police departments across the nation to pilot the solution, including the New York City and Los Angeles police departments, Ford has officially released the new sanitation process as a software update available to all 2013-2019 Police Interceptor Utility customers in the U.S., Canada, and other customers around the globe. "They are exposed to the virus and are in dire need of protective measures", Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product development officer, said in a statement. First the engine is allowed to heat up, then the heat and fan settings are set to high. Progress is also indicated on the instrument cluster.
Ford wants to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus among law enforcement by roasting vehicles at oven-like temperatures.
But Ford, along with the rest of the USA auto industry, has also been focused on devising ways to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Ford has a long history of supplying vehicles for law enforcement.
Ford worked with microbiology researchers at Ohio State University, who determined that exposing the coronavirus to temperatures of 56 degree Celsius (132.8 degrees F) for 15 minutes lowers the viral concentration by greater than 99% on interior surfaces and materials.
After exiting the vehicle and ensuring that it's clear of occupants, the officer can initiate an "Interior Cabin Heat Soak". Heat has the ability to seep into crevices and hard-to-reach areas, helping reduce the impact of human error in applying chemical disinfectants.
Once officers have exited the vehicle, the Police Interceptor Utility will begin to warm the engine to a specific degree.
Ford conducted software operational trials in vehicles owned by the New York City Police Dept., Los Angeles Police Dept., Michigan State Police, Massachusetts State Police, Boardman Township Police Dept.in OH, and Seminole County Sheriff's Office in Florida.
The software upgrade is available immediately, and Ford said that large law-enforcement departments with properly-equipped operations could add thee capability themselves, while smaller departments could work with Ford dealers. Some special equipment installed by the police departments could block the flow of hot air to all parts of the vehicle, however, said a Ford spokesman.
However, as this new software was made rapidly to ensure the safety of officers and those riding in their vehicles, Ford cautions that there are now no safeguards that stop the system from operating when someone or an animal are in the auto.