Embedded Steering Wheel Sensors Measure Driver’s Health Vitals
Researchers have embedded sensors to measure stress and blood pressure on the surface of steering wheels to assist users in monitoring their health vitals while driving.
Researchers at Technische Universitaet Muenchen in Germany, in collaboration with BMW, are extending the function of the simple steering wheel with the development of an integrated health sensor system. The system consists of unobtrusive sensors embedded into the steering wheel, with the collected data then transmitted to a microcontroller. Drivers can view the measurement results directly on their vehicle’s information display. Currently, the system utilizes two commercially available sensors to measure whether the driver is under severe stress, or whether their blood pressure is too high.