Personal protective equipment (PPE) like gloves and masks aren’t going away anytime soon. But as consumers look for further safeguards against viral and bacterial contaminants, brands are turning their attention to a new type of PPE: personal protective environments. A slew of new products—when paired with existing measures like social distancing and face coverings—offer an extra layer of protection and heightened peace of mind for virus-averse consumers.
As people are taking refuge in their cars, they’re calling for new and improved ways to keep the interiors virus-free.
At the end of May, Ford released a software update with a new sanitation mode to disinfect car interiors. The new function raises the car’s interior temperature to 133 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, which was enough to eliminate the virus during tests conducted in collaboration with microbiologists at Ohio State University. The New York Police Department—which has about 9,000 vehicles, mostly manufactured by Ford—is one of several law-enforcement agencies adopting the feature.