To keep police safe from the novel coronavirus, Ford has come up with a hot idea. Blast the heater inside the Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUV to above 133 degrees for 15 minutes to kill the virus on plastic and vinyl surfaces.
The company is offering software to automatically heat up and cool down police vehicles when needed. Ford tested the software on police vehicles in New York City, Los Angeles and elsewhere, and partnered with Ohio State University to make sure the temperature killed the virus on the interior surfaces. Researchers used a bovine coronavirus with similar properties to the novel coronavirus to determine that heating the vehicles killed 99% of the virus.
Ford is providing the software to police departments for free, but there may be a small charge for a dealer to install it. Larger departments with big maintenance garages can install the software themselves.