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February 21st, 2007
Ford Researchers Are Engineering Big Ideas
The distance between a Ford engineer's bright idea and a customer's vehicle is shrinking. With competition and customer expectation wound tighter than ever before, the "what if" people in Ford Research and Advanced Engineering are now "can do."
So, inflatable seat belts were off the drawing boards and into the public spotlight during the recent North American International Auto Show. Collision avoidance devices have been built into the Volvo S80 in 2006. And through the emerging science of nanotechnology, Ford research may one day build efficient hydrogen storage, develop battery technologies and create other automotive applications.
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