Have you ever wished your car could help you manage a chronic health condition? Or that your car would take an active role in monitoring and managing your health and medical information?
Probably not, right?
But if you have, you may be in luck. Ford Motor Company has announced an alliance with Microsoft, Healthrageous and BlueMetal Architects to research technology that would help people monitor and maintain health and wellness while on the move. The announcement was made during Ford’s “Doctor in Your Car” keynote address at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
Ford’s goal is to develop “the car that cares.” And this caring car would provide active, yet supposedly completely intrusive monitoring of health conditions of the driver. The system would capture biometric and vehicle data as the basis for real-time health and wellness advice and monitoring.
Drivers would provide details to the car on their health routines via their voices, such as how many glasses of water they’ve consumed during a day, and which medications they’ve taken. And in some cases, the car might even make certain a driver is ok to drive – such as those with diabetes.
“People are spending more time in their cars, and with the tremendous growth in mobile healthcare solutions, Ford is dedicated to understanding the value of being able to connect to health and wellness-related services while driving,” said Gary Strumolo, manager of Infotainment, Interiors, Health and Wellness at Ford Research and Innovation. “Our connectivity platform – Ford SYNC – provides easy, voice-controlled access to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, and therefore it makes sense to research areas that are important to our customers.”
According to Ford, they’re simply researching the potentials, and they’re quick to point out that this research may or may not be implemented in future production vehicles.
Do you want – and more importantly, would you buy – a “car that cares?”