But that begs a serious question: If a protester is detained in a police vehicle that may or may not have traces of the virus, how can authorities ensure that person’s right to safety?
A software development from Ford may be part of the answer. The auto manufacturer has introduced a new heat tool for its 2013 to 2019 models of Police Interceptor Utility hybrid SUVs.
It’s basically a software patch that activates the vehicle’s powertrain and climate control systems to temporarily heat up the cabin to a temperature in excess of 133 degrees Fahrenheit to eliminate SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Heat and fan settings operate on high throughout this process, while the software monitors the inside temperature.
To figure out if this approach could actually be effective, and to find the right temperature and time duration for the heating, Ford worked in tandem with scientists from The Ohio State University.