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The watch-like wearables are designed to vibrate when employees come within six feet of each other, which executives hope will remind workers to follow health guidelines when the automaker resumes production at now-idled plants, spokesperson Kelli Felker told Bloomberg.
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"Ford and the UAW are working closely to identify different ways to keep our people safe while they are at work," Felker told FOX Business, referring to the United Auto Workers, the union representing employees.
The company was one of many car manufacturers to shutter North America operations in March, citing concerns for employees who work in close quarters building automobiles and might easily be infected.
Experts believe the virus is mainly spread through droplets from the mouth and nose. When an infected person speaks, exhales, coughs or sneezes, the droplets travel about 3 to 6 feet before gravity pulls them to the ground. Staying at least 6 feet away from other people is believed to greatly reduce the risk of transmission
The Samsung smartwatches in Ford's pilot program rely on software from the Texas-based technology firm Radiant RFID, according to the outlet.
The devices, which use Bluetooth short-wave technology to detect nearby coworkers, give wearers a color-coded warning in addition to vibrating. Supervisors may also receive alerts to help them track worker behavior, Radiant told the outlet.
Ford is testing the safety procedure at factories where it’s producing ventilators and respirators to help combat the virus, which has infected more than 2 million people worldwide.
Representatives for Radiant didn't immediately return requests for comment from FOX Business.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.