Ford protoype: Car seat sensors provide heart feedback

By Posted 25 May 2011, 09:30

As with other car manufacturers, Ford has been experimenting with unique features that offer convenience to the driver and that can be included in their in-car systems. Today we have news of a set of sensors that are embedded into the driver’s seat and are able to read heart performance.

The six electrodes are capable of monitoring without direct contact with the skin then pass the data they receive to a display so the driver can see. It’s even capable of detecting a heart attack. Those responsible for the design, which is still in prototype stage, are the manufacturer’s European research team.

Despite its premature stages Ford insist the system is already highly accurate getting 95% successful readings and according to the article at Cnet the technology used is the latest that the company has produced in terms of in-car health concepts they’ve been investigating.

They also report that although a lot of companies are not dabbling with health awareness systems, it is thought to explode in the market over the coming years. Check out the full article at Cnet where you will find more details about the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and also a video of the technology in action.

Would this kind of technology be useful to you?