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What If Your Car Cared About Your Health?

Jim Molpus, for HealthLeaders Media, February 7, 2012

Ford vehicles already include certain built-in devices, such as air filtration systems and anti-microbial interior coatings, he notes. Next in development is a heart rate monitoring seat that would mesh heartbeats with other input such as speed, steering, gas. and pedal pushes to gauge the driver's stress level. Strumolo says that data can be used to create a "work load estimator."

"This estimate is used to gauge what we do with information that comes into the car," he says. "So if the work load estimate is deemed high, and a phone call comes in, then we could route that call directly to voicemail, assuming the call is paired through SYNC and SYNC has control of the phone."

Another application would be for devices such as a continuous glucose monitor, which would be paired wirelessly with the SYNC system so that a diabetic driver could ask verbally for his glucose levels and trends, or even the driving parent of a diabetic child could get the same data about one of their children in the back seat.

"Imagine it is winter time and you have a coat on. You are probably not going to want to grab in there to get the device and check your glucose levels. We certainly don't want you to do that. We want you to keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. So most likely drivers would not check. With this capability, checking would be very easy to do," Strumolo says.

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2 comments on "What If Your Car Cared About Your Health?"


Kruto (2/8/2012 at 10:51 AM)
Just as long as it doesn't try to give me a DRE.

bob jones (2/7/2012 at 3:30 PM)
Before we find needless ways to unnecessarily increase the cost of an automobile: first we need to get people to care about their health enough to deal with it; second with mere phones even WITH hands free devices still being identified as a root cause of accidents and already on the NTSA chopping block, you seriously want to consider engaging people in more detailed, more stress related information processing that takes their attention away from the road? This is another solution without a problem. Driving is a responsibility that requires attention.