2015 Ford F-150 Designed For Sun, Glare Resistance
Indoor Lighting Lab, UV Testing Ensure Visibility, Durability
Unlike luxury and sports cars that are often pampered, washed, and detailed regularly, pickup trucks often have a much tougher existence, with the next rainstorm being its car wash and sitting out on hot jobsites for hours on end. To ensure that that 2015 Ford F-150 was built to withstand the rigors of what its buyers would be dishing out, Ford subjected both the interior and exterior of the new truck to demanding glare and UV-resistance tests to make sure it would stand the test of time.
The findings of this testing even resulted in a new three-piece blue oval logo badge, which proved more durable than the traditional single-piece laminated badge under sustained exposure to ultraviolet light. Just as important to durability and fading resistance is visibility. For testing to ensure interior gauges were readable at any time of day and under any lighting conditions, the F-150’s interior was designed with brims and brows over frequently-viewed gauges to make sure they would remain visible in strong sunlight.
To ensure durability and fade resistance, selected exterior and interior pieces were left on outdoor racks in Central Florida to test for degradation. The pieces were then subjected to an examination utilizing xenon light, revealing damage not visible to the human eye.