New Ford cars will offer diabetes screening, heart rate monitors


May 26, 2011

If one suffers from diabetes, it can be an unwise idea to get in the car and go for a drive that will last for hours. Likewise, if an individual has a high risk for heart disease, it's never a good idea to be without a way to contact help.

At home, it's easy – installing a medical alarm system enables users to instantly send a medical alert to a call center. The center will immediately contact emergency services to come to the house.

But on the road, this seems like it would be trickier. However, Ford found a solution. The car company is developing a type of auto that offers all the latest in medical alert systems – including diabetes and heart rate monitoring, and even a system to keep track of pollen in the local area.

"The car is more than just a car," Paul Mascarenas, Ford's chief technology officer, told Bloomberg. "People spend almost an entire week a year on the road and that’s expected to increase. The car is a private space for conducting personal business. We see health and wellness as a core area."