Here's How Ford Simulates Daylight to Test Outdoor Conditions in Interiors [VIDEO]
Dec 27, 2013 15:09
Ford’s Visual Performance Evaluation Lab shows what it takes to reduce sun glare on vehicle controls and instrument panels. It is a science on its own!
The lab shows how its engineers allow or re-create any lighting conditions in the world when they are developing global cars like the 2014 Ford Fiesta or the new Mustang.
The lab is known as the Lighting Lab, and it uses a planetarium like dome to simulate sunlight conditions from dawn to dusk. Additional lights lining the perimeter of the lab can also be adjusted to simulate the effects of weather conditions.
The lab was used to develop the 2015 Ford Mustang, and its glare-free aluminum dash panel.
“With the Lighting Lab, we can ensure that the first time a buyer sits in the 2015 Ford Mustang, that person will be able to see the interior as the designers originally envisioned it – in the best light possible,” said Mahendra Dassanayake, Ford lighting technical specialist.
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