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To Disinfect Police Car in a Pandemic, Software Cranks Up the Heat


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Temperatures inside the vehicles must be monitored during the heating process.

Ford Motor, a major supplier of police cruisers, has developed a software update that can raise the interior temperature of a police vehicle to 133 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, which it says is enough to eliminate any trace of the coronavirus.

Credit: Ford Motor Company

Police departments in New York City and several other U.S. cities are using updated software from Ford Motor that can raise a police cruiser's interior temperature to 133 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, which the automaker claims can kill the coronavirus.

The update, available for 2013 and 2016 Ford Police Interceptor sport utility vehicles, enhances engine-control software to create a sanitation mode that can be activated by pushing a series of buttons on the steering wheel.

The software checks to see if there is sufficient gasoline to keep the engine operating for the 80-minute sterilization process, and prompts officers to ensure the vehicle is empty of occupants and sensitive electronics before starting the process.

From The New York Times
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