The project is a collaboration with academics at Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH), Aachen University in Germany and Ford. The technology is unlikely to be embedded in new models any time soon; Ford's approximate time-to-market is six years.
Research has shown that drivers suffering from cardiovascular disease are 23 per cent more likely to be involved in a road accident, rising to 52 per cent for drivers suffering from angina - chest pains caused by the heart.
In 2010 a car driven by an 89-year-old with a heart condition killed a mother and 18-month-old son after he died at the wheel in Lancashire, United Kingdom. In 2012 a man died from a heart attack while driving himself to hospital and earlier this year a 53-year-old man suffering from a heart attack at the wheel crashed his car into a Toys R Us at a retail park in Manchester. No other injuries were reported. The consequence can be utterly devastating and with an ageing population increasing in size, the situation will only get worse.
Perhaps a good interim solution would a connected device worn by the driver such as fitness tracker or smart fashion accessory that automatically sends out a distress call or text message.
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Another similar device worth checking out is Cuff, available for preorder: cuff.io and a wearable called P.O.M.B which also features a panic button, aimed at kids available for preorder: Kickstarter.
We hope and expect to see more life-saving wearable devices like Sense6 and Ford's smart seat entering the marketplace soon!
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