Developed in collaboration with the RWTH Aachen University, Ford's European Research and Innovation Center has created a sophisticated car seating system that may help curb the risks of heart disease. The American automaker states that they have developed a system that allows drivers to monitor the conditions of their heart while on the road.
As simple as it may seem, the seat features a complex system of six embedded sensors that are capable of detecting electrical impulses from the heart without necessarily coming into contact with the skin. The idea is for these seats to be linked up with remote medical services which are capable of accessing and evaluating the data in order to react immediately to health issues such as a heart attack.
One of the medical officers at Ford explained, "As always in medicine, the earlier a condition is detected, the easier it is to treat, and this technology even has the potential to be instrumental in diagnosing conditions drivers were previously unaware they had." Unfortunately the seat is still undergoing extensive testing to ensure everything works accurately and efficiently so we can't expect them to be implemented into cars anytime soon.