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How does Ford know how many ping pong balls you can cram into their all-new Escape? It wasn't the result of some after hours office prank. And it wasn't to impress girls. It's because they found the best way to measure interior spaces isn't with traditional tape measures... it's with ping pong balls.
"It probably doesn't seem like it, but ping pong balls are more accurate than using a tape measure to get the volume of odd shaped spaces like a glove compartment," says Eric Jackson, Vehicle Architecture Supervisor.
Years ago, before the Ping Pong Ball Postulate, Ford would try to estimate the capacity of glove boxes, center consoles and other small areas using a measuring tape and taking their Length x Width x Height to get the volume. But, with all the angles, curves and other odd shapes, Ford found that this wasn't accurate or consistent. According to Jackson, a Ford engineer came up with the idea of using ping pong balls to measure spaces and they tried it.