Ford and MIT to develop driver stress monitoring system

Partnering with MIT’s renowned AgeLab, the project will identify specific stress-inducing driving situations, monitor a driver’s reaction to the situations using biometrics, and evaluate methods to incorporate new stress-reducing features into the next generation of Ford products.

A six-month effort beginning this January will focus on human interaction with a specially equipped 2010 Lincoln MKS, a vehicle already recognized for its advanced safety features.

By monitoring biometrics such as heart rate, skin conductivity and eye movement, researchers at MIT have been working to develop a specific set of parameters for an embedded detection system that could be engineered into future Ford vehicles.

“Through the use of our existing technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning or SYNC, our voice-activated communications system, we are proactively guiding drivers away from difficult situations.”

“The goal of this program is to take this one step further by creating the most comfortable driving environment possible so that our driver is always relaxed, calm and able to perform at peak performance,” said Jeff Rupp, Ford manager, Active Safety Research.

Source: Ford.

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