Ford look to the future with amazing biometric seat


One of the world's pioneering manufacturers, the Ford Motor Company have always been known for their innovative vehicles and in-car technology, especially in the field of road safety, and their latest development is raising many eyebrows throughout the world of motoring and beyond.

Ford researchers and engineers were proud to unveil their most recent creation in the opening days of the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan, which aims to literally take the stress out of driving.

Although it may be some time before it is included in the vehicles you will find in your local Ford car dealership, there is no disputing the fact that the prototype version of an amazing biometric seat which monitors stress levels within drivers is potentially one of the most exciting automotive developments to have taken place in the last few years.

Talking to reporters, research and advanced engineering executive Saeed Barbat confirmed that Ford are looking to complete this extraordinary project, which has the potential to save countless lives on the road, by around 2018. He also explained that, upon completion, it will be integrated with their hugely popular in-car entertainment system, Sync.

The Biometric Seat works through a series of highly reactive sensors which are able to monitor a range of important and constantly shifting physiological states, including breathing rate, heart rate and skin temperature; using this information, the car can then sends out warnings if it calculates that the driver is too stressed or tense to be behind the wheel.

The sensors, currently located on the steering wheel and seatbelt, can trigger automatic speed limiting, audio warnings, the blocking of incoming mobile phone calls and even the ability to dial the emergency services. Until this technology is finalised and released, however, drivers will be pleased to know that they can still purchase excellent value new and used Ford cars which are recognised as being amongst the safest models available in the world.

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