Medical News Today
May 25, 2011
US car maker Ford is developing a car seat that monitors the driver’s heart activity, in a bid to reduce road accidents and deaths caused by heart attack at the wheel.
The car seat, currently at the early prototype stage, uses electrocardiograph (ECG) technology to track the electrical impulses in the driver’s heart and spot irregularities such as signs of heart attack or some other cardiovascular problem, for instance, to alert the driver to seek medical advice.
Normally, a clinical ECG machine has to be attached to the skin via electrodes, but in this application, the car seat has six built-in “contactless” ECG sensors that can detect heart activity through clothing.