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Celebrate Pi Day with Ford

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 Mathematics are important in everyday life.  Just think of all the ways you use math and you will understand what I mean;  often we take for granted the importance and impact of math in our lives.  From measurements constructing recipes or maybe that home renovation project to calculating the cost of fuel per litre or paying for groceries at the store, math plays a role in our lives on many levels.  In celebration of the importance of mathematics, today, March 14th, is Pi (3.14) Day, the symbol known as π.

There are many professions where the use of mathematics is much more prominent than other professions, such as Engineers, but the importance of mathematics in every day life should not be taken for granted.  Ford celebrates mathematics daily by the features and functions they offer in their vehicles, always striving to produce the best for their customers.  Pi Day is an extra special day over at Ford where they have created a challenge in celebration where everyone can participate in solving mathematical equations posted on Reddit.  Prizes will be handed out throughout the day. “Starting today at 11 a.m. EDT, Ford engineers will post a different math equation every 3 minutes and 14 seconds 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.

Make Room for Pi: Ford Celebrates pi and Math’s Impact on Making the All-New Fusion Smarter, Safer, More Fuel Efficient


March 14 isn’t just another day on the calendar for Ford engineers. To them, and many other math fanatics around the world, today is Pi Day (3.14 day), a holiday recognizing the role mathematics has in everyday life. At Ford, math plays a critical role in developing smarter, safer and more fuel-efficient cars like the all-new Fusion.


“When someone sees an all-new Fusion driving down the street, what they’re really looking at is a mathematical machine processing thousands upon thousands of equations every millisecond,” said Gil Portalatin, Ford Motor Company product development engineer. “Without math, the Fusion is a completely different vehicle from the way it looks to the way it drives.”


Math and Fusion fuel efficiency

The all-new Fusion is expected to deliver best-in-class fuel economy. The hybrid version will offer at least 47 mpg U.S. in the city, a rating that wouldn’t have been possible without the key role math played in its development.


“We used math to make the Fusion more aerodynamic, to reduce its rolling resistance and to find the right inflation point for the tires,” said Portalatin. “Then we used math to figure out the Fusion’s fuel economy, or miles per gallon, by taking distance traveled by time and dividing it by the amount of energy used.”


Math and Fusion safety

The all-new Fusion offers an unprecedented portfolio of driver assistance technologies based on sensors, cameras and radar that enable the car to see, perform mathematical equations, make a decision and respond.


Fusion math can help drivers maintain proper lane position (Lane Keeping System), guide them when in reverse and see if any vehicles are inside the driver’s blind spots (Blind Spot Information System, or BLIS®).


The car’s adaptive front airbags vent and tether to conform to a specific occupant’s size, position and seat belt usage all by using mathematical formulas. Even Fusion airbags, including dual first-row knee airbags, deploy based on math formulas performed in milliseconds that measure the force of impact and the time it takes to hit the sensors.


Math and Fusion technology

Fusion also uses math to park itself by employing sensors that can identify a suitable parallel parking space, calculate the trajectory and steer the car to properly position it within the spot. All a driver needs to do is operate the accelerator and brake pedals.


Math is a key part of the Fusion’s adaptive cruise control system as well. With the adaptive cruise control system, the Fusion constantly calculates the speed and distance a vehicle is ahead of you. Fusion then decides how much it needs to increase or decrease its speed to maintain the set distance from the other vehicle.


While Pi Day isn’t a national holiday, not getting a day off on March 14 won’t stop Ford engineers from celebrating.


“By celebrating Pi Day, we hope to get people to appreciate the impact math has in helping them get from home to work, school or the grocery store,” said Portalatin. “Without math, the auto industry and your vehicles would look and drive completely different.”


This post was brought to you by Ford; all opinions on This Lil Piglet are 100% my own.


6 comments on “Celebrate Pi Day with Ford”

  1. Math is very important indeed! Even if it is not my strength, I’m glad the people at Ford know what they are doing!

  2. I LOVE math, always have. I even did algebra for FUN a few years ago (I’ve been out of school for 10 years.) Everyone thought I was crazy.

    • Wowzers! Math isn’t my strong suit so I can’t see myself doing it for fun; my eldest daughter loves math like you. It’s great that you love it so much; I think it’s more important in every day life than people realize.

  3. you lost me at math lol so not my strong suit, the thought of it would send me into a panic attack. lol

  4. One of my passions is math! Love it!

  5. Great post! Happy Pi Day to you too! Psssst! Math has never been one of my strengths (I joke that this is why I teach ESL!).

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