August 1, 2012 -
Ford recently demonstrated its biometric wellness car seat at the “Ford Go Further” event in Dearborn, Michigan.
Ford’s wellness seat is one of its latest innovations that integrate biometric technology into automobiles.
Some of its features include a seatbelt that integrates piezoelectric film for monitoring breathing patterns. There are also two conductive sensors located on both sides of the steering wheel that measures the heart rate and stress level of the driver. There are also two infrared sensors on the steering wheel’s façade, likewise on the area where the conductive sensors are located. These infrared sensors measure the temperature of both sides of the face and as well as both hands. All of this information can be displayed in real time as demonstrated in the video below:
Although the seat is still in a research phase, Jerry Le, a technical expert at Ford, said he expects the technology to be offered in vehicles as an additional feature within the next 5-10 years.
Would you select an integrated biometric technology option in a future car purchase?