Las Vegas, Nevada – Ford vehicles in the future could help monitor your health. Ford, Microsoft and Healthrageous are researching how connected devices can help people monitor and maintain their health and wellness, the companies announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The prototype system uses Ford SYNC, Microsoft HealthVault, Windows Azure and interactive services provided by Healthrageous.
“People are spending more time in their cars, and with the tremendous growth in mobile health care solutions, Ford is dedicated to understanding the value of being able to connect to health and wellness-related services while driving,” said Gary Strumolo, manager of infotainment, interiors, health and wellness at Ford Research and Innovation. “Our connectivity platform, Ford SYNC, provides easy, voice-controlled access to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, and therefore it makes sense to research areas that are important to our customers.”
The prototype uses information collected from blood pressure, activity and glucose monitors, behavioral data shared by the user, and biometrical data from a wearable device, done hands-free through Ford SYNC. The data are then uploaded into the HealthVault cloud and transferred to Windows Azure, where the information is processed with other data to create graphical reports that the driver can access after leaving the vehicle.