I saw a lot at the Ford Go Further event in Dearborn, Michigan, but the most intriguing display was Ford’s Biometric Wellness Car seat. Though the seat was still in its research phase, Jerry Le, Technical Expert at Ford told me that we’ll probably be seeing this technology featured in vehicles within the next 5-10 years.
So what is a Biometric car seat? We’ll start with the seat belt, which is fortified with a piezoelectric film that monitors breathing patterns. Two conductive sensors reside on the steering wheel, responsible for measuring the driver’s heart rate and stress level. Then there were two infrared sensors on the facade of the steering wheel and along the sides where the conductive sensors for the hands were mounted. These are temperature sensors for measuring the right and left side of the face, as well as both hands.
All of the information was displayed in real time on a large monitor, which will most likely be funneled into the dash or center stack LCD displays when biometrics begin infiltrating vehicles down the road. There are a number of benefits to having real time health information in your car, particularly for people who have heart or lung conditions. Also, it’s going to be fun to see a physical representation of your stress level rising while driving on the Jersey Turnpike. Check out the video above for a glimpse at Ford’s Biometric seat in action.