Have the writers of cards missed the boat here, or is there already a line of cards acknowledging Pi Day on March 14? If not, we just figured out our way to make millions! Today celebrates the role of mathematics in our everyday activities, and Ford engineers are getting in on the party, because mathematics is a very important tool when it comes to the technology behind Ford vehicles.
Think about it: Technology such as driver assistance technologies is based on sensors, cameras and radar, and the vehicle, such as the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion, becomes able to see, perform mathematical equations, and make a decision and respond. Mathematics is also at the root of maintaining proper lane position via the Lane Keeping System, adaptive cruise control, and the guidance you receive about whether vehicles are in your blind spot with the Blind Spot Information System, or BLIS®. Even the adaptive front airbags vent and tether to conform to a specific occupants size, position and seatbelt usage by way of mathematical formulas. The Fusion’s airbags, including the dual first-row knee ones, deploy based on math formulas performed in milliseconds that measure the force of impact and the time it takes to hit the sensors.
Math also factors in for aerodynamics, rolling resistance and the right inflation point for tires, which all speak to delivering the best fuel economy possible. For example, the hybrid version of the Fusion is anticipated to get at least 47 mpg in the city.
So, Ford engineers are putting on their party hats today, since you could say it’s a day all about them! And they won’t spend it just doing long division with one hand tied behind their backs – they are spreading Pi Day cheer to the World Wide Web and local schools.
Starting today (3/14) at 11 a.m. EDT, Ford engineers will post a different math equation every 3 minutes and 14 seconds to www.reddit.com and ask the community to solve each one. The first person to correctly answer one of the 42 total equations wins “Reddit Gold,” which gives users special exclusive features for their account.
In addition, the engineers are letting high school students see firsthand how math was used to develop the new Fusion. Students from the innovation-focused Henry Ford Academy and Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies in the Detroit area will hear the engineers talk about how math helped shape the car. The students will then be challenged to answer three mathematics equations using actual measurements from the car.
Tell us, are you a math nerd, or does math make you run for the hills?