Volkswagen concept car customizes route based on biometrics

March 4, 2015 - 

Volkswagen unveiled its Sport Coupé Concept GTE at the Geneva International Motor Show that uses the driver’s biometric data to customize routes, according to a report by PC Mag.

The concept sports car gathers biometric data from the driver’s body to find a route that will be least likely to induce road rage.

“Based on the driver’s biometric data, the Sport Coupé Concept GTE determines, via a smartwatch or armband for measuring the driver’s vital functions, whether to select a route that includes an exciting country road or a gentle route instead,” Volkswagen said.

When the option is switched on, the user’s car will automatically measure their vitals when they enter a destination address. If the driver has a high heart rate, the system will map out a route that offers the least amount of traffic.

The navigation mode is individually customized to the driver so that he or she is ultimately able to “experience maximum driving enjoyment.”

While driving to the destination, the car’s dashboard will display alerts and other car diagnostics in the form of 3D graphics.

“In its basic configuration, the digital display depicts two round instruments; a power meter on the left and a speedometer on the right with a field between them for all sorts of information,” Volkswagen said. “The new free-form surface makes the round instruments appear to hover in virtual space,” and graphics change depending on driving mode.

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