Ford plans health-monitoring car

An in-car ‘health plan’ would be able to monitor blood pressure, glucose levels and record health information such as how many glasses of water the driver has drunk that day.

This, says Ford, will help to give people a more ‘hands-on approach to their own health and well-being’.

Ford is investigating adding the system to its SYNC technology, which is a wireless, voice activated system currently used in the new 2011 Ford Focus to activate things such as the sound system and hands-free phone.

Under Ford’s proposed ‘doctor car’, the driver can tell the car how many pills have been taken or number of glasses of water consumed during the day. This can be logged and presented in reports to the driver when he or she leaves the car.

This information is then received by the system and uploaded to the HealthVault cloud, then transferred to Windows Azure.

According to Gary Strumolo, manager of Infotainment, Interiors, Health and Wellness at Ford Research and Innovation “Ford is dedicated to understanding the value of being able to connect to health and wellness-related services while driving.”

He believes the technology would work because more people are looking for health solutions and information online – and people are spending more time in their cars.

“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.”

In the past, Ford has investigated technology to allow the car to monitor heart rates and automatically stop the car if the driver is experiencing a heart attack.

Ford vehicles are available from Perry’s Aylesbury and High Wycombe dealerships.