testing The Empathy Belly: I Tested Ford’s Pregnancy Suit (and Learned Some Stuff I Wasn’t Expecting)

They say you can’t understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes — or perhaps in the case of Ford’s “empathy belly,” driven a car in a maternity suit.


The Detroit automaker’s pregnancy-simulating apparatus aims to help the non-expectant better understand what to expect when someone else is expecting and apply that empathy to making moms-to-be safer behind the wheel.

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Ford said its engineers use the empathy belly to ensure pregnant drivers are considered during the car design process. The automaker also uses the suit as a public education tool on the importance of proper seat belt use by pregnant women.


.By Matt Schmitz