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Ford May Use Sync to Monitor Motorists’ Health

System could help diabetics, asthma and allergy sufferers.

by on May.19, 2011

Ford is exploring ways for its Sync infotainment system to provide health information, even monitor chronic disease sufferers.

Ford Motor Co. is looking at ways to expand the services available through SYNC, its in-car information and communications system, possibly using the onboard technology to deliver up-to-date medical information to the driver or passengers – even monitoring the health of allergy or chronic disease sufferers.

“This is still a research project,” said Gary Strumolo, the maker’smanager of design and infotronics.  But he said Ford believes a production version of the system could be ready within 12 to 24 months.

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Strumolo said Ford is using the wireless Bluetooth connectivity of SYNC to link a car to medical providers like Medtronics. The first application could monitor blood glucose level for diabetics and provide them their vital statistics without having to take their hands off the wheel or eyes off the road.

“If you’re a diabetic, certainly you want to have a continuous knowledge of your condition, but it’s particularly critical if you’re driving, because that can affect your ability to drive, and not only endangers you, but others on the road,” he said