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A Car That Takes Your Pulse
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November 27, 2012
Could a car that knows when you are stressed or ill save you from having an accident? Auto makers are stepping up efforts to find out.
A number of big car manufacturers are accelerating research into equipping vehicles with so-called biometric sensors that would keep tabs on a driver’s vital health signs, including pulse, breathing and “skin conductance,” aka sweaty palms. When that information is fed into the computers that manage a car’s safety systems, it could enable a vehicle to better react to whatever challenges the road and traffic dish out.
The move comes amid major advances in mobile medical-monitoring technology, as well as growing concerns about meeting the needs of an aging and increasingly distracted population of motorists.
It also reflects another step in the industry’s broader move toward self-driving cars, a brave new world in which computers could all but eliminate the potential for driver error—whether it’s due to a distracting phone call or a sudden drop in blood sugar.