Glucose monitoring and pollen readings could soon be in our cars
Monday 23 May 2011
Ford has revealed that it is working on a range of in-car health solutions that could help drivers keep themselves well on the road.
The US automaker said May 18 that it was working to extend its in-car SYNC telematics service to work with existing online medical resources to develop voice-activated tools to "empower" drivers with self-help.
The research, which is based around the internet-ready SYNC system, could lead to in-car software products which help sufferers of diabetes, asthma or allergies, said Ford.
A new prototype allows Medtronic glucose monitors to connect to the SYNC system using Bluetooth, for instance, with glucose readers appearing on the vehicle's instruments and alerts being sounded if levels are too low.
Another location-based service uses SYNC's internet connection and GPS device to continuously update pollen levels in the driver's area, allowing them to keep the windows closed and air conditioning on to try to reduce pollen particulates in the vehicle.
Similarly, a partnership with WellDoc, a health management service, could see drivers being prompted with voice alerts to help them manage pre-existing conditions, receiving patient coaching and education while on the roads.
The technologies are some way off, but Ford says that some of the wellness features have short-term implementation requirements, such as the allergy app.
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