Car manufacturers are racing to develop technologies that can measure heart rate, blood pressure, and other biometric responses. The cars are equipped with so-called biometric sensors and they can track a driver’s vital health signs, including pulse, breathing and skin conductance. The technology is already present on a few Lexus and Mercedes-Benz models. For example, these cars will beep and flash a coffee-cup image to remind the driver that he or she is getting drowsy and that it’s time for a break.
Mercedes-Benz already owns a technology called Attention Assist which comes pre-installed on its C-class sedans and S-class models. Other car makers deeply involved in such technologies include Ford, Ferrari, and Toyota. The technology is ripe considering the rising number of stressed and heavily distracted motorists we have nowadays. The announcement also comes in a time where medical-monitoring technology is at its highest. Technology-wise, the car biometric sensors also takes us a step closer into the future of self-driving cars.