Time has come for when your car not only tells you when it’s low on coolant, but also when you’re low on sugar. In addition to warning you about road construction on the way, how about a notice when you’re entering a high pollen zone? Ford is partnering with a number of medical technology companies to address some health issues relevant to driving. A sudden drop of blood glucose, for example, can force a diabetic to lose consciousness, a particularly dangerous situation when behind the wheel.
By wirelessly linking Medtronic‘s Bluetooth-enabled continuous glucose monitor to Ford’s Sync hands-free entertainment and control system, a driver can receive real-time warnings when glucose levels go out of predefined bounds.
Using WellDoc‘s disease management platform, patients can view and update their profiles including documenting things like asthma attacks, glucose levels, and allergic reactions, all without letting go of the steering wheel. Though maybe it’s best to first pull over and get that inhaler out.
Additionally, drivers will be able to access data from SDI Health‘s Allergy Alert app that can provide local allergy related information as well as some other environmental health indices.
Here’s a demo of the prototype integration of DiabetesManager:
Press release: Ford and Healthcare Experts Research SYNC Health and Wellness Connectivity Services Helping Manage Chronic Illness On the Go…
(hat tip: DiabetesMine)