In-Car Tech

Software solution neutralizes COVID-19 virus in Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles

Newer Ford police SUVs can immediately begin installing the technology.

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A software solution will allow police officers across the world to reduce their chances of contracting COVID-19. All Ford Motor Company Police Interceptor Utility customers with certain model year vehicles are immediately eligible for the no-cost upgrade, which was engineered by the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker.

"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 Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's chief product development and purchasing officer. "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."

What does it take to kill coronavirus? It sounds simple: Bake the vehicle until viruses inside are neutralized.

Ford heated sanitization testing and development process

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What does that mean? The interior cabin temperature must reach beyond 133 degrees Fahrenheit, hotter than Death Valley on the hottest day, for at least 15 minutes – long enough to help disinfect vehicle touch points.

According to Ford, here's how it works:

"Once activated, the vehicle's powertrain and climate control systems work together automatically to elevate interior cabin temperatures. The software warms up the engine to an elevated level, and then turns both the heat and fan settings on high. Interior temperatures are automatically monitored by the software to know when the entire cabin hits the optimal level and that temperature is then maintained for at least 15 minutes.

Law enforcement will have multiple ways to monitor progress. Hazard lights and taillights will flash in a pre-set pattern to notify when the process has begun, and they will change at the end to signal completion. Additionally, the instrument cluster inside the vehicle will indicate the progress of the procedure. A cool-down process has also been developed to help bring the temperature down from its highest points."

To develop the method, Ford worked with scientists from The Ohio State University. Ford also 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 (Ohio), and Seminole County Sheriff's Office (Florida).

This process doesn't just have to be a one-time thing. Law enforcement officers can regularly sanitize their vehicle, when it is unoccupied, using the same technology.

Police departments with their own service centers are now able to install the software solution through their own diagnostic service tools, while other fleets can work with their local dealers to install the software.

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 can be activated and carried out through an external tool that connects to the onboard diagnostics port.

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The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Altitude is a new offering for this year.

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Customer have spoken and Jeep has heard. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator will be available in an Altitude trim level in direct response to customer requests.

"Our Jeep Gladiator Altitude model is a direct response to customers who ask for a 'blacked-out' look directly from the factory. The Jeep Altitude models continue to resonate with customers and adding Gladiator completes this lineup," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America. "We are thrilled that the popular Altitude model joins the Gladiator lineup and is another way for Jeep to connect with customers."

2020 Jeep Gladiator Altitude The new model features black accents.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Gladiator Altitude joins the newer Gladiator High Altitude and Gladiator Mojave in the Jeep trucks lineup. The High Altitude model is more refined than the Altitude while the Mojave delivers desert terrain-conquering prowess.

The new 2020 Gladiator Altitude is based on the Gladiator Sport S. On the outside, it features a body-color grille with Dark Gray throats and headlamp rings, body-color fender flares, and black Jeep and Trail Rated badging. The truck rides on 18-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels wrapped in 255/70R18 Bridgestone Dueler All-Terrain tires.

A black Freedom hardtop is standard on Gladiator Altitude while the dual top is available.

The truck has standard black cloth seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel with black stitching and Wizard Black instrument panel mid-bolster and bezels.

Jeep equips each Gladiator Altitude with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard. An eight-speed automatic transmission is available.

Gladiator Altitude models will be available in Jeep showrooms early in the third quarter.

Gladiator Altitude is available in Black, White, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, Granite Crystal, Sting Gray, Hydro Blue, Gator and Gobi paint jobs.

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Altitude Edition is priced at $40,340 and comes with an additional $1,495 destination charge.

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This rare 1976 Porsche 911 2.7 S Targa is one of the models headed to across the block.

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Silverstone Classic Live Online Auction will put 35 Porsches up for sale July 31 through August 2, 2020. The collection of hand-picked Germans features a host of extremely rare and low mileage vehicles. Four stand out from the rest.

"The Stuttgart Collection is quite an amazing group of Porsches. Some have extraordinarily low mileage and others are the best examples of that particular model and there are two highly desirable and rare UK supplied C16 993 Turbo S of the 26 made," said Nick Whale, Silverstone Auctions Managing Director. "For any Porsche aficionado, this is a collection that provides a superb opportunity to acquire one of the best- selected Porsches."

1976 Porsche 911 2.7 S Targa

As seen above, the 1976 Porsche 911 2.7 S Targa has just 562 miles on its odometer from new. Described by the auction house as a "time warp" the car is currently unregistered and comes with the NOVA Certificate and a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.

The 911 had been redesigned in 1974 for the first time. This generational change included a raised bumper design, which was the direct result of an increase in U.S. safety regulations.

1996 Porsche 911 (993) Turbo

1996 Porsche 911 (993) Turbo

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This 1996 Porsche 911 (993) Turbo is featured in a triple yellow. It has 745 miles on the odometer from new. The C25 was one of the fastest cars of its time. It could get from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The 993 generation was the first time that Porsche install all-wheel drive in the 911 and marks the first time Porsche equipped a model with a twin-turbocharged engine.

1963 Porsche 358B T6 Super 90

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The very rare 1963 Porsche 356B T6 Super 90 was supplied new by AFN in London. It has undergone a complete ground up restoration with the aim of returning the model to its original specification of Slate Grey with red leatherette interior. The engine was rebuilt and tuned by Porsche specialists Andy Prill.

According to Silverstone Auctions, "In 1989 this 356 was granted FIA Competition Papers and used on road rally events including Le Rallye de Monte-Carlo Historique three times in the 1990s. The extensive history file has pictures of the car on the rally, the original green and brown buff log books, old FIA papers and Porsche's Certificate of Authenticity."

The auction house says that a matching numbers 1963 356B T6 Super 90 is an "extremely rare and collectable car". At the time of consignment, this model was the only right-hand drive version on the market.

1998 Porsche 911 (993) Turbo S

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The Turbo S was introduced by Porsche in 1997. This 1998 model is one of 345 built by Porsche's Exclusive Department. According to Silverstone Auctions, " The Turbo S was the last of the air-cooled Porsches and 26 cars were supplied to the UK in right-drive cars. This is one of two 1998 911 (993) Turbos S' being offered in this auction."

A full list of cars in The Stuttgart Collection is listed below, with details on each car on the Silverstone Auctions website:

  • 1997 Porsche 911 (993) C2 Targa
  • 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera
  • 1997 Porsche 911 (993) C4 Coupe
  • 1973 Porsche 2.4 S Coupe
  • 2000 Porsche 911 (996) GT3
  • 1998 Porsche 911 (993) Turbo S
  • 1986 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo 'Flachbau'
  • 1998 Porsche 911 (993) Turbo S
  • 1989 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo LE
  • 1991 Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet
  • 1995 Porsche 911 (993) RS
  • 1986 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera
  • 1988 Porsche 924 S
  • 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe
  • 1963 Porsche 356B T6 Super 90
  • 2002 Porsche 911 (996) GT2
  • 2007 Porsche 911 (997) GT3 RS
  • 2003 Porsche 911 (996) Carrera 2 Tiptronic S
  • 1967 (1968 M/Y) Porsche 2.0 S Coupe
  • 1991 Porsche 911 (964) Carrera RS
  • 1976 Porsche 911 2.7 S Targa
  • 1988 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo Cabriolet
  • 1996 Porsche 911 (993) Turbo
  • 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa Super Sport
  • 2014 Porsche 911 (991) 50th Anniversary Edition
  • 2005 Porsche 911 (996) Turbo S - Manual
  • 1955 Porsche Chamonix 550 Spyder
  • 2011 Porsche 911 (997) GTS - Manual
  • 1993 Porsche 968 Club Sport
  • 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster 3.2 Turbo Body
  • 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo
  • 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa Sport
  • 1995 Porsche 928 GTS Auto
  • 1987 Porsche 924 S
  • 2010 Porsche 911 (997) Turbo S

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