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    Auto News in 2 Minutes

    Each week, our veteran radio news journalist, Laura Reynolds, brings interviews with top auto industry execs to CarProUSA. You can hear her latest Auto News shorts right here. In a hurry? Then you'll love these 1-2 minute interview segments.

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    New Ford Cabin Air Filter

    I'm Laura Reynolds with CarProUSA. Technical Leader, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering Clay Maranville says Ford’s Refresh95 air filter removes particles 30 times smaller than a human hair. Maranville: "You know we've done some other testing with some allergens, as well, like with the pollens, we've looked at some other kinds of types of dust that people can get allergic to and we can see up to you know 99%, of the big pollens, we can even do better than that. But this is an amazing filter that I think is really going to help people, maybe especially those that have allergies be able to breathe a little easier. Right now, we're planning on coming in in the 3rd quarter and we have a long game plan on this, that by the end of next year, we're going to have this in most of our vehicles, that's the direction we're going and then beyond that we're looking at making sure that we engineer our vehicle's climate systems to be able to always accept these kinds of filters."   The Ford Refresh95 air filter will eventually be standard in all Ford vehicles.

    Pandemic Changes Driving Habits

    Senior Researcher AAA Foundation Traffic Brian Tefft says new research shows  people’s driving habits changed during the Pandemic. "The largest reduction in travel was actually among the middle aged drivers who statistically tend to be the safest drivers. Whereas the reductions were the smallest among the young whether that's teenagers or young adults and we know they happen to be the highest risk population. Breaking it down a little bit further, we actually saw that travel for work was down the most among the young whether that is because the were out of work or because they were working from home, whereas their non-work related travel hardly changed at all. So the youngest drivers out there who happen to be the highest risk population on our roads, aside from their traveling to work in person less, their travel really didn't change very much." With Today's Auto News, I'm Laura Reynolds.

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