Ford Concept Car Uses Seats To Monitor Occupants’ Vital Signs

Ford demonstrates expansion capabilities of their in-car SYNC digital connectivity to benefit driver and passenger heath.

At the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, Ford will unveil a concept version of their popular sports activity vehicle, the S-MAX. Offering a look at what the second generation vehicle might look like, the S-MAX Concept adopts Ford’s current global design language. The front fascia incorporates Ford’s signature shaped grille and tapered headlights you’ll recognize from current Focus and Taurus models. The overall box like shape of the vehicle is sped up with a raked windshield and sculpted body side character line. While well executed, the exterior styling isn’t likely to draw the interest that some of the new technology features inside the vehicle might.

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What got our attention are two tweaks to Ford’s SYNC system that offer driver and passenger health monitoring. The S-MAX Concept is fitted with Ford’s ECG Heart Rate Monitoring Seat which can record and log the driver’s cardio data over a long term. If the system detects an emergency, SYNC could alert medical professionals or an emergency response team.

Additionally, Glucose Level Monitoring can be connected with Ford SYNC to for instance warn parents if a sleeping child in the rear seats suffers a diabetic episode.

Ford hasn’t specified if these features will become standard or options on future models. With the amount of time some people spend in their cars, it seems many more opportunities exist to integrate in-vehicle health improvement features to manage stress and even encourage exercise.

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