Ford Patent Suggest Health-Monitoring Function for Future Vehicles
Ford has filed a patent for a new technology that will monitor the health of drivers and, in the event of a medical emergency, contact emergency services and healthcare providers.
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According to the patent, entitled “Medical data acquisition and provision,” the technology was developed sometime in 2010 by Mark Schunder and Krishnaswamy Venkatesh Prasad. It entails “a computer-implemented method [that] includes determining a user account associated with a vehicle occupant…[and] determining an association between the active monitoring device and the user account and periodically downloading device information from the active monitoring device to a vehicle computing system.”
This means that a user’s health information could be stored in the cloud and later disseminated to a healthcare provider. While it might resonate with some, it seems to be something of a superfluous feature for passenger vehicles. Still, Ford is working to create better connectivity with drivers, and being able to monitor their well-being certainly is one way to do just that.
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News Source: Free Patents Online