By on November 29, 2013

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Checking out GoFurtherLive.com, the site Ford has set up to livestream video from their upcoming reveal of the all-new 2015 Mustang, it appears that the teaser video may include exterior and interior views of the new car, along with the possibility that the 50th anniversary version of Ford’s pony car will actually monitor the driver’s health.

 

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While mentioning that Ford executives will be present for “major product reveals”, the video references “remarkable technologies” while a list of technology features scroll on the screen. Included among features like Fully Automated Parking, SYNC Emergency Assist and Lane Keep Assist are two features that appear to have the ability to monitor the driver’s health: ECG Heart Rate Monitoring and Glucose Level Monitoring. Some cars today can record all sorts of performance data. Extending a car’s information technology to record the driver’s ‘performance’ levels as well is a logical next step.

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Of course, it’s just a promotional video. The driver monitoring technologies might be science fiction and the images might not be of the new Mustang but the fact that those health measurements are included on that list shows that at the very least, someone in Dearborn is thinking about them.

Ronnie Schreiber edits Cars In Depth, a realistic perspective on cars & car culture and the original 3D car site. If you found this post worthwhile, you can get a parallax view at Cars In Depth. If the 3D thing freaks you out, don’t worry, all the photo and video players in use at the site have mono options. Thanks for reading – RJS

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23 Comments on “Future Ford Product Teased Just Before Debut, May Monitor Driver’s Health...”


  • avatar

    I wonder if this means non-invasive glucose meters have come of age? I can’t see a car forcing you to prick your finger before driving :). If so, this is pretty interesting news!

    David

    • 0 avatar
      Kenmore

      Here’s a pertinent website:

      http://www.mendosa.com/meters.htm

      I think that tech is still largely aspirational, particularly considering the need for reliability and simplicity as an automotive application.

  • avatar
    Compaq Deskpro

    Those are clearly Ford Edges in the first pic.

    • 0 avatar
      jimmyy

      The edge LED bumper treatment is oh so tacky. But, the Audi and MBZ LEDs are oh so tackier. Even Honda has some of that tackiness in the new Accord. I wish that stuff would go away. I have walked away from the purchase of a vehicle because of the LED stuff.

  • avatar
    Volt 230

    Unless they get this just right, they’re setting themselves up for a big disappointment with all this pre-introduction publicity

    • 0 avatar
      jimmyy

      I don’t know about that. Most people care more about their smart phone than their car. Most people will not know or care that Ford is updating some models. Ford is living in the 60s. In today’s world, people focus on the Ford poor reliability rank in Consumer Reports.

      • 0 avatar
        Loser

        You still trust Consumer Reports? You said that Obama had infiltrated CR to make Toyota look bad in order to increase Detroit auto sales. A few months after you told us this CR dropped it’s recommendation of the Camry, Prius V, RAV4 and the V6 Accord. The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is Consumer Reports’ highest-scoring sedan. It must be true, Obama has taken over CR!

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    How is going to monitor your health? Does it have a portable lab that will spit out your cholesterol, LDL, and HDL? Interesting toy to play with after leaving the MacDonald’s drive through window.
    I can see pulse and blood pressure, maybe an oxygen Sat or a head nod/drowsiness alarm but really………….. Free angiograms with your new Boss302 or Shelby?????

  • avatar
    ja-gti

    Are lots of people demanding their car monitor their health?

    Will it shut off the ignition if your blood pressure is too high?

    I like to have the things I buy work for me – not me working for them.

  • avatar
    Hoser

    I wish my Five Hundred had a blood pressure monitor to tell me what I spiked at when the dealer told me it would me $4350 to fix the “AWD Malfunction” light.

    Needless to say the light is still on.

    • 0 avatar
      Z71_Silvy

      Typical Ford.

      And to think, the same crappy AWD system is in the police version of the Taurus and Explorer.

    • 0 avatar
      otaku

      If any of the aforementioned medical data gathering is actually doable at some point in the future by Ford, it might make for an interesting addition to some kind of “track pack” option package in the Mustang. Along with performance metrics like g-loads, 0-60 & 1/4 mile times, the driver could then scroll through a menu to also review any changes in blood pressure, body temp, respiration, or heart rhythm while negotiating specific sections of a racetrack.

      Conversely, I guess there really wouldn’t be much point to making heart rate monitoring available in something like a Camry/Corolla. Just a steady flatline would be the only results.

  • avatar
    wmba

    I wonder if these new gadgets will work as well as those keypad door openers Ford still festoons some of its cars with. After a freezing rain storm and a hangover from the binge the night before, comical scenes have sometimes ensued two doors down the street of a cold morn.

    My Ford Touch will now advise “Get to an emergency room at once!” The engine will stop and the car will call the paramedics.

    Large swathes of Florida will grind to a halt each morning, half an hour before the “All you can eat Buffet” establishments open.

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      “Large swathes of Florida will grind to a halt each morning, half an hour before the “All you can eat Buffet” establishments open.”

      More likely, it’ll be a traffic jam later in the morning, on the way home from the “All you can eat buffet” places.

  • avatar
    Z71_Silvy

    Wow…just imagine the level of failure this will be if Ford had anything to do with it. Ford can’t build reliable engines…something they have been trying to figure out for near 100 years.

    Anyone with an ounce of common sense will avoid any Ford product produced from about 2005 to current. The risks are too great and Ford has a very well documented history of not taking any responsibility for their faulty products.

    One look at how My Ford Touchy has failed should be a clear indication to anyone that Ford and computer software do not mix.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      @Z71_Silvy – your post shows why Chevy would never adopt this technology………a health monitor might detect a complete lack of cerebral activity of the biological interface.

      • 0 avatar
        Z71_Silvy

        Jokes on you. I don’t drive that truck anymore. Bought it in 2009…drove it for 30k miles and then traded it in and got $3K less for it than I paid. Talk about holding value. Another thing Ford trucks cannot do lol.

        But nice job trying to hate on someone based on their screen name.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          @Z71_Silvy – it isn’t the screen name alone but combine the screen name with a decidedly anti-Ford post and you get the reason for my reply.

          I do find your 30K and 3K loss another BS post on your part.

  • avatar
    Volt 230

    I suppose that in the future, your autonomous car will detect that you’re ill and drive you to the nearest hospital?


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