The connection between what you wear and what you drive is being studied by Ford boffins to better integrate wearable devices and vehicles.
Gary Strumolo, global manager for vehicle design and infotronics at Ford said: “As more consumers begin to embrace smart watches, glasses and fitness bands, we hope to develop future applications that work with those devices to enhance in-car functionality and drivers’ personal safety.”
Researchers at the new laboratory, housed in the Ford Research and Innovation Center in the USA, are examining the potential to link vital health information to in-vehicle technologies, including Lane Keep Assist and Blind Spot Information System.
Lane Keep Assist, for instance, could become more sensitive if a smart watch sends data to the vehicle that infers the driver didn’t get enough sleep the previous night. Or, if a driver’s heart increases as traffic intensifies, the vehicle could increase the distance between vehicles for technology such as Adaptive Cruise Control or Blind Spot Information System.
“Wearable technology integrated with the vehicle allows for more accurate biometric data to stream continuously and alert active safety systems to become more sensitive if the driver is showing signs of compromised health,” added Strumulo.
Wearable innovations are part of Ford Smart Mobility, the plan to take the company to the next level of connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience as well as data and analytics.