Can Your Car Be A Driving Doctor?
Wearable technology means incredible things for the future of vehicles. Devices such as Fitbits and Apple Watches provide wearers with a detailed breakdown of their health. They track activity, pulse rate, and so much more, ensuring that it has a detailed understanding of a person’s body. They know how it works, how fit a person is, and even when that person is tired.
This is done through nuances in the heartbeat, something that will inevitably be integrated into cars and the driving experience.
Imagine this – a car that can tell you when you are too tired to drive. What about a car that can tell you if you are at risk of an illness or in a fit state to drive? It sounds like science fiction, but the technology already exists.
As technology gets better and better there are further expansions in the world of in-car healthcare. Self-parking cars already exist, so it is not too far a stretch of the imagination to imagine a car that is able to take control should a person need it. This is a topic we recently discussed in our blog on Digital Downloads.
With a couple of changes it is possible for cars to acquire software updates turning an ordinary car into a self-driving one. This means that cars will be able to cruise on the motorway or crawl around country lanes. If integrated with wearable technology then it will be possible for cars to compensate for attenuations based on the physical health status of the driver. To show an example of how this could work, let’s look at a couple of possibilities.
Alfred has been working very hard and is tired. Whilst cruising along the motorway he falls asleep at the wheel. This could be disastrous with so many people and cars around.
Alfred’s Apple Watch, that he has integrated with the car, understands that he has fallen asleep due to a fall in his pulse rate. It tells the car which kicks into cruise control mode. The sat-nav locates the nearest service station or layby, and it drives Alfred to it. The car parks, Alfred wakes up feeling refreshed, if a little confused about his whereabouts.
Bob, on the other hand, is epileptic. His watch tracks his behaviour, reporting back to the car and keeping it informed. The worst-case scenario happens and Bob has a fit in the car.
This is where things get interesting. Simply pulling up to a layby or service station would not help Bob as he needs medical help. Instead the car understands this, it locates the nearest hospital and, safely but swiftly, gets him there.
Both of these scenarios may seem far fetched but they are possibilities as wearable technology makes it possible to integrate the status of a driver with the car that they drive.
There are endless possibilities as to what driverless cars can do. All we need if for the technology to catch up with the ideas and anything is possible.