Smart vehicle sanitization solution turns up the heat on coronavirus: Page 2 of 3

May 28, 2020 //By Rich Pell
Smart vehicle sanitization solution turns up the heat on coronavirus
Automaker Ford Motor Company says it has designed a new heated software enhancement to its Police Interceptor Utility SUV that law enforcement agencies across the country can use to help reduce the footprint of the COVID-19 virus.
to signal completion. The vehicle’s instrument cluster will also indicate progress. A cool-down process brings the temperature down from its highest points.

The heating process, says the company, can be used by law enforcement regularly to help sanitize vehicles when officers are not inside. When used in conjunction with sanitization guidelines approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flooding the passenger compartment with elevated air temperature can help reach areas that may be missed by manual disinfecting procedures. Heat has the ability to seep into crevices and hard-to-reach areas, helping reduce the impact of human error in applying chemical disinfectants.

The company has conducted software operational trials in vehicles owned by the New York City Police Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Michigan State Police, Massachusetts State Police, Boardman Township Police Department in Ohio, and Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. During initial stages of the project in late March, says the company, it was alerted to the need for a more efficient disinfecting process during the pandemic.

"Law enforcement officers are being dispatched as emergency responders in some cases where ambulances may not be available," says Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. "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."

The solution, says the company, can be installed by large departments with their own service centers using their own diagnostic service tools, while other fleets can work with their local dealers to install the software for 2013 to '19 Police Interceptor Utility vehicles. For 2016-19 police vehicles, the heated software process can be activated by a smart sequence of commands that involves pressing cruise control buttons in a predefined order; for 2013-15 vehicles, this mode

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