Ford Helps Neutralize COVID-19 with New In-Vehicle Tech
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic currently gripping our nation, we’re all now very good at sanitizing and cleaning ourselves and everything around us. And now, thanks to some nifty new in-vehicle technology from Ford that helps neutralize COVID-19, the vehicles of first responders are now easily sanitized to keep these heroes safe while they’re out helping keep the rest of us safe. So, let’s take a moment to not only thank those first responders, but check out this impressive new Ford technology.
What is It and How Does it Work?
In order to make all of this work, Ford teamed up with the Ohio State University to figure out what temperature and time span combination is needed to stop the spread of – and kill – the virus. Once that was determined to be at least 133 degrees for at least 15 minutes, Ford went to work to make sure their emergency response vehicles could handle it.
“First responders are on the front lines protecting all of us. They are exposed to the virus and are in dire need of protective measures. We looked at what’s in our arsenal and how we could step up to help. In this case, we’ve turned the vehicle’s powertrain and heat control systems into a virus neutralizer.”Hau Thai-Tang, Ford Chief Product Development and Purchasing Officer
“Law enforcement officers are being dispatched as emergency responders in some cases where ambulances may not be available. During one trip, officers may be transporting a coronavirus patient to a hospital, while another trip may involve an occupant who may be asymptomatic. Officers can now use this self-cleaning mode as an extra layer of protection inside the vehicle in areas where manual cleaning is prone to be overlooked. This virus is an invisible enemy and we are proud to provide a solution to help the law enforcement community fight it.”Stephen Tyler, Ford Police Brand Marketing Manager