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What If Your Car Cared About Your Health?

Jim Molpus, for HealthLeaders Media, February 7, 2012

A final category of health-related data is beamed-in information, which could include things like smog alerts that could guide a navigation system around areas of high smog. Or for allergy sufferers, data on higher levels of pollen could automatically turn on the recirculating mode of the AC system rather than bring in pollen-laden fresh air.

"With it all we think we can create something we call 'The car that cares.' It knows your condition. It is concerned with and uses information that you bring in, you beam in, or is information that is available through the inside of the car to help you during your drive. It is concerned with your daily safety, not just making sure you are secure if you get in an accident," he says.

Speaking of accidents, aren't heart rate monitors, glucose meters, and allergy alerts just more distraction for drivers? Ford does not think so.

A vehicle with health devices and data "is not adding any screens. All the information would be communicated verbally. It does not want you to look at the device. We are working carefully to make sure that when information is communicated that it is communicated properly and in a fashion that keeps your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel," 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.