How Will Wearable Technology Change How We Drive?
There is a revolution upon us. Wearable technology is becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives. Smartphones, smart watches, and (in some cases) smart clothing are tracking our actions and augmenting our lives to keep us connected at all times. This, depending on your opinion, is a remarkable achievement, and one filled with so much potential.
At the moment we have technology that connects across the Internet to bring us services based on our geographic locations. Software such as Cortana and Siri use geo-tagging to locate us and give us notifications when we reach a specific location. This could be our home, work, or out and about.
Location based services are one way of integrating wearable technology and the car through integrating geo-tagging, however, there are numerous others ways available. There are countless ways that wearable technology can be integrated within a car. Some of these are practical and some of them are from a stance of increasing the pleasure of a drive.
Wearable technology is already connecting with the car via Bluetooth. It is already the case that phones can control the music and stereo system within a car. This is nothing new, however, some of the wider ideas around the technology are.
Imagine What Wearable Technology Could Do
Imagine a car that adapts to the information given to it by a smart watch or by a piece of wearable technology. Imagine a car that can reset the seat or adjust the driving style based upon what tech it detects where in the car.
Nissan are already thinking of this. They have recently developed a watch that will show the time but it will also show traffic warnings and key car statistics within a watch. Your watch can display the speedometer, as well as the mileage and other key points of information. The idea behind this is partially for practicality, but also to help inform the driver of the car’s condition when outside of the vehicle.
Another, and probably more impressive, way that technology is being integrated into the car is with wearable smart glasses. Google toyed with this idea for a while before giving up on Google Glass midway through 2015, however, where Google fell, 10 more companies have risen to take their place.
Smart glasses can integrate themselves with the sat-nav in the car to give you a realistic HUD whilst you drive. These are either motion controlled, voice activated, or (in one more impressive case) triggered by differences in pulse rate. This means that, believe it or not, your car can physically tell you as the driver that you are too tired to drive. The car can monitor pulse rates, in much the same way that headphones can now project sound directly through the skull.
These innovations, as the promises of self-driving cars become more of a realistic goal, could save lives with cars rescuing those who pass unconscious at the wheel.
Integrated technology is a promise the future is delivering on. It is something that will truly change the way we drive for good.