Member access

4-Traders Homepage  >  Shares  >  Nyse  >  Ford Motor Company    F   US3453708600

SummaryQuotesChart AnalysisNewsCalendarCompanyFinancialsConsensusRevisions 

Ford Motor Company : QMED -Ford: Cars Will Track Drivers' Health in the Future

01/09/2014 | 05:17am US/Eastern
Recommend:
0

ENP Newswire - 09 January 2014

Release date- 08012014 - Ford Motor Company is serious about what it terms 'The Car That Cares.'

The company is working on embedding a significant amount of health-tracking technology into its vehicles to measure everything from drivers' stress levels to allergens. In the latter case, the vehicle could, for instance, to redirect drivers allergic to pollen to find an alternate route with fewer airborne allergens. This functionality is possible thanks to a service known as AppLink, part of the MyFordTouch system.

In a recent editorial for Techonomy, Ford's manager, vehicle design and infotronics explains its rationale for embedding health tracking functionality into cars: Health tracking is quickly growing, he reasons, and adding that functionality to cars is convenient and private for users. In addition, 'it's the only logical place for users to manage their health while they're in motion or, more often, stuck in traffic,' he explains.

The average U.S. commuter spent the equivalent to more than a work week stuck in traffic in 2011, according to Reuters. Adding health-tracking functionality to cars can help drivers manage their health instead of get stressed out and frustrated, Strumolo reasons.

Ford collaborated with a German research university to develop a car-based heart monitor that embeds sensors in the seat. This functionality could be used to not only gauge stress levels but help manage it. For instance, if a driver is sufficiently stressed, the car could automatically divert incoming phone calls to voice mail. 'The technology can be used to create a safe, convenient, non-distracting environment that lets the driver concentrate on the road,' Strumolo writes.

Car-based health monitoring could also be used to help diabetics to monitor glucose levels. For instance, cars could be integrated with continuous glucose monitors to help anticipate hypoglycemic events, which can lead to confusion, blurred vision, coma, or even death. Ford has partnered with Medtronic to advance this continuous glucose monitoring capability, which can link up with the SYNC platform to enable drivers to check their blood sugar at the press of a button or voice activation.

[Editorial queries for this story should be sent to newswire@enpublishing.co.uk]

((Comments on this story may be sent to info@enpublishing.co.uk))

(c) 2014 Electronic News Publishing -

Recommend :
0
React to this article
Latest news on FORD MOTOR COMPANY
1d ago FORD MOTOR : FBI investigates Ford engineer after listening devices found
1d ago FORD MOTOR : Details of Ford Motor Company's July 2014 U.S. Sales Conference Cal..
1d ago FORD MOTOR : Media Advisory: Details of Ford Motor Company’s July 2014 U.S..
1d ago FORD MOTOR : FBI investigates Ford engineer after listening devices found
1d ago FORD MOTOR : Dick's Sporting Goods lays off 478 PGA golf pros
1d ago JIANGLING MOTORS : Heavy Truck to Gain Ford Technology License
1d ago Sluggish Latin American results show risks for U.S. companies
2d ago Wall Street ends flat on mixed earnings; S&P 500 at record
2d ago FORD MOTOR : GM, Ford hopeful of European rebound despite Ukraine, Russia
2d ago Ford's profit tops expectations, recall-hit GM misses
Advertisement
Chart
Duration : Period :
Ford Motor Company Technical Analysis Chart | F | US3453708600 | 4-Traders
Income Statement Evolution
Ford Motor Company : Income Statement Evolution
More Financials
Dynamic quotes  
ON
| OFF