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Ford Anti-Virus Methods
Extending to Police Cars
Police vehicles are meant to be safe for passengers, and Ford believes that includes more than safe from accident -- it includes being safe from disease.
 So Ford has designed a new heated software enhancement to pilot with its Police Interceptor Utility – one that law enforcement agencies across the country can utilize to help reduce the footprint of the COVID-19 virus, said Ford spokeswoman Elizabeth Kraft.
 The latest example of smart vehicle technology, this software solution is available immediately on all 2013-19 Police Interceptor Utility vehicles in the United States and other countries around the world, said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief Product Development.
 “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,” said Thai-Tang. “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.”
 He said the solution is simple – Bake the vehicle’s interior until viruses inside are inactivated. Using Police Interceptor Utility’s own powertrain and climate control systems, this software solution enables vehicles to elevate passenger compartment temperatures beyond 133 degrees Fahrenheit, hotter than Death Valley on its hottest day, for 15 minutes – long enough to help disinfect vehicle touchpoints, Kraft said.
 Once activated, the vehicle’s powertrain and climate control systems work together automatically to elevate passenger compartment temperatures. The software warms up the engine to an elevated level, and both heat and fan settings operate on high. The software automatically monitors interior temperatures until the entire passenger compartment hits the optimal level, then that temperature is maintained for 15 minutes.
 Kraft said to research the effectiveness of this sanitization method, Ford worked closely with The Ohio State University to determine what’s needed to inactivate COVID-19.

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Detroit Auto Scene is the longest-running free distribution newspaper in the United States, originating in Detroit as New Center News in 1933.
This was in an era that preceded the “shoppers” and the “alternative papers.”
As Detroit’s auto industry evolved, so did the paper as Detroit Auto Scene after GM moved its headquarters to RenCen.
Tech Center News was established by us in 1976 for our readers that were being transferred to the GM Technical Center in Warren.
After similarities began to emerge between the two newspapers, we started a third edition in Pontiac.
When Chrysler built its headquarters in adjoining Auburn Hills and GM built its Orion plant, the Pontiac paper became Oakland Tech News.
In 2015, the Oakland paper was absorbed into Detroit Auto Scene.
Though GM no longer has offices in the New Center Area, they still receive Detroit Auto Scene.