But Can Your Car Manage Diabetes?

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
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  • MrBostn MrBostn on May 20, 2011

    Why stop there. It would be easy to add a heart rate monitor on the steering wheel. Option code R3ar could add a device to provide a colonoscopy and/or a pap smear while you drive ;)

  • Mr. K Mr. K on May 20, 2011

    So lets see, I share my medical data, data that can be misused or in the case of my missing a dose of my asthma, diabetes, or (soon to come) mental health meds be used to help an insurance company to drop my coverage, or to alert law enforcement to an unmedicated mental patient on the loose... Will the system log McDonnalds and Starbucks stops too? And this is a reason to buy perhaps the best cars and trucks in their price points? Don't let the technology drive let the user drive. We can choose not to use the system today, tomorrow...?

    • Indi500fan Indi500fan on May 20, 2011

      Excellent point. In Charlie Kimball's Indy car (sponsored by pharma co Novo Nordisk) he'd got a blood glucose readout on the dash and telemetered to the pits. Probably only a matter of time for us road drivers.

  • Turtletop Turtletop on May 20, 2011

    [driver attempts to place can of soda in cupholder] [cupholder retracts, vehicle stops] "I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that. Fasting blood sugar above acceptable levels. WellDoc system will now automatically park vehicle so that you can take a nice, brisk walk instead."

  • Daneli Daneli on May 21, 2011

    I like the part where it contacts "your loved one." "Have you experienced sexual gratification today Dave? That's too bad. I will contact your loved one and tell her to prepare for your arrival." Perhaps Ford's engineers could find a way to use all this CPU, memory, storage, display and communication power to help us deal with the car's ills. Now that my car has become a computer on wheels, why do I have to go to the dealer to have an error code read by a computer? All the functionality of the dealer's diagnostic computers could be built in to the car itself. (This would render right to repair a non-issue.) The nav/entertainment display should be able to display whatever data the car's internal systems are monitoring - air/fuel ratios, sensor voltages, etc. When an error code is detected it should be possible for the intrepid owner or independent mechanic to enter a diagnostic mode, have a diagnostic procedure recommended, run the procedure and optionally have the results communicated to a repair facility. Why do I need to reference a separate workshop manual or parts manual when this data could easily be stored in the car's own systems? Need to know the part number for a lower ball joint or evap canister? The car should ship from the factory with this information already stored internally and easily available to anyone - and I should have the ability to order these parts through the car's own communication systems.