In May Ford showed off a car seat that can monitor your heart activity and last week Toyota demo’d in Japan a steering wheel that can do the same.
In a survey of more than 170 fatal accidents, about 17 to 18 percent were due to heart disease affecting the driver’s physical condition, according to Toyota.
Toyota’s steering wheel monitors the driver through optical sensors placed where the driver grasps the wheel. In the experimental system installed in a Prius, the driver’s heartbeat and electrocardiogram were viewed on the display of the car’s navigation system, reported The Wall Street Journal.
Will car audio suppliers join the fray and enter the mobile health business down the road? We sent out several inquiries but received no answers of substance. But as soon as a Pioneer or Sony radio has a heart monitor app that works with a steering wheel, we’ll be all over it.
Source: The Wall Street Journal