Ford uses pingpong balls to measure interior storage space

What if using pingpong balls became an actual measuring unit – well, it has for Ford. The automaker has started using pingpong balls to measure certain interior cargo spaces in vehicles like the Ford Escape, which can fit approximately 56,778.

“It probably doesn’t seem like it, but pingpong balls are more accurate than using a tape measure to get the volume of odd-shaped spaces like a glove compartment,” said Eric Jackson, Vehicle Architecture supervisor. It was just a quirky idea that came out of a team brainstorm. But we then did some studies using pingpong balls and found capacities were more consistently measured.”

So how does it work to give you a precise measure of volume? According to Sejal Shreffler, Ford Accommodation and Usage engineer, FoMoCo engineers developed a cubic measurement for each pingpong ball that accounts for the open space in between the balls. They then use that measurement and account for the number of pingpong balls in the storage space to find out total volume of a space.

Pretty clever.

– By: Omar Rana