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Ford intends to integrate wearable technology into future vehicles

Smartwatches and fitness bands are becoming more commonplace and may help to create smarter cars.

Wearable technology is becoming extremely popular, particularly when it comes to various types of health and fitness trackers, though smartwatches are slowly on their way in, as well. Ford hasn’t failed to notice this.

Moreover, Ford has not failed to notice the opportunity that wearables could present for its vehicles.

Scientists and engineers working for the automaker are currently looking into ways to integrate wearable technology and vehicles in order to improve driver assist technologies in a way that is much more customized to the unique experience of the driver who is behind the wheel. Of particular interest to the researchers is the detection of a stressed or sleepy driver and ways to help to promote a safer road experience as a result of the awareness of those conditions.

The Ford Research and Innovation Center researchers think wearable technology could bring vital health data to auto tech.

Wearable Technology & the Future - Ford This could allow information about the condition of the driver to be shared with the in-vehicle technologies, such as the Blind Spot Information System and lane-keeping assist. For instance, Ford described a way in which wearables could be integrated into lane-keeping assist by causing the system to become more sensitive if it should detect that the driver had not received adequate sleep during the night before.

Connection to a health tracker could also work with the adaptive cruise control if a driver’s heart rate spikes with an increase of traffic, as it could encourage the vehicle to boost the distance between itself and the other vehicles around it. This could provide the driver with more breathing room and reaction time in order to decrease stress levels and raise road safety.

According to the vehicle design and infotronics global manager at Ford Research and Advanced Engineering, Gary Strumolo, “Wearable technology integrated with the vehicle allows for more accurate biometric data to stream continuously and alert active driver-assist systems to become more sensitive if the driver shows signs of compromised health or awareness.” It will be interesting to see how such technology fares in safety testing when it comes time to release it.

Will wearable technology turn us all into comic book-style super-humans?

A recent study in the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education says big things are coming.

The outcome of a new study has now been published in the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education and has suggested that wearable technology will give people the ability to “do things they could not do before.”

From the sounds of it, we could be headed into quite the fascinating future in terms of our potential.

There have already been devices and mobile apps being demoed as prototypes that have shown that it won’t be long before wearable technology will be helping people to be able to see, hear and even speak better than was ever possible for them. This includes assisting people who have never been able to see, hear or speak in their lives, or who have had those abilities limited or removed by illness or injury.

That said, the potential for wearable technology is there for virtually everyone, said the study.

Wearable Technology - SuperheroesThe research said that providing solutions for various challenges will turn wearables into more than just a fad. Instead, there researchers believe that there will be super-powers on their way as a result of the use of these devices. The research pointed out that the responses of the participants frequently brought up abilities and powers that “normal humans” don’t have. Among the sixteen total professionals in wearable tech who were surveyed, twelve believed that the devices would one day provide users with abilities beyond those that come naturally to them.

Among those who are most likely to benefit from wearables, according to the survey respondents, are the “less-able bodied and the able bodied,” which essentially appears to imply that everyone will be able to find a use for these devices in one way or another.

Among those who are less-able bodied, there will be wearable technology such as improved hearing aids and other devices that will assist them to be able to do what they previously haven’t been able to, or enhance their abilities in areas in which they have been physically limited. On the other hand, in the case of the able-bodied, one of the respondents, Mary, explained that “people who have able bodies able to do things that they could not do.”