In newer versions of the police utility, officers can begin the process by pressing a special series on the vehicle’s cruise control buttons. In older models of police utilities, model years 2013 to 2015, the process can be started by any technician using any device by plugging in the SUV’s electronic diagnostic port.
“You certainly don’t want it to become accidentally active so it’s a complex enough cycle that you have to look at what you’re doing and get it started,” said Bill Goobing, director of Ford’s passenger vehicles and SUVs.
After the system is activated, the officer or technician then leaves the car. The doors lock automatically as the engine operates at an unusually high idle speed of about 2,000 rpm. This heats up the engine coolant, which is then used to heat the air pumped into the cabin, which raises the temperature of the cabin for 15 minutes.
After cooling the car for 15 minutes a cooling down process begins. First heat out The air is pumped into the cabin, the hot air is blown out. The air conditioning has since been turned on for further cooling.
This system is better than simply cleaning the interior of the car with disinfectant spray because the heat enters the entire occupant carriage. Germs die even in very touching places and there is no chance of accidentally neglecting any place. Some special equipment installed by the police department can block the flow of hot air to all parts of the vehicle, although a Ford spokesman said.
According to Ford, there are currently no protections to protect the system from being turned on while a person or animal is inside the vehicle. Police officers or technicians make sure the car is empty before the system starts. If any of the vehicle’s internal controls, such as the steering wheel, paddles or gear selector, are moved while the system is running, the process automatically shuts off.
Gubing said the addition of sensors to reliably detect people and animals inside the vehicle would have delayed police getting in and out of the vehicle.
“We will continue to work with our agencies and give them feedback on how well it is working and see how we can adjust if needed in the future,” he said.
The interior of the vehicle will not be damaged by the process, Gubing said. Although 133 degrees is hot enough to kill viruses and bacteria, it is still below 176 degrees, where the interior of the Ford car is regularly tested for heat. That The interior of a closed car can get as hot on a hot summer day in the desert, he said.
The software is available in all police departments in the United States that use Ford Police Utilities. For now, Ford said, the system is only being applied to police utility SUVs, as they make the most of Ford Police vehicles. The system could later be made available for Ford’s other truck, van and sedan versions.