The Ford Motor Co. is developing a new system for its cars that provides an interface with medical devices, and can be used to monitor and manage conditions such as diabetes, asthma, allergies and other chronic ailments. Connections for the device would use Bluetooth, cloud computing or smartphone apps, with the commands being voice-activated and hands-free.
Ford is carrying out a joint venture with companies that manufacture medical devices so that it can offer healthcare apps for use in its in-car communications system, called Sync.
The idea is that the apps will bring continuous health monitoring for those in the car, which will be especially useful for those undertaking long journeys, by synchronising devices including a glucometer or apps that read pollen levels to the MyFord Touch, which is voice-activated.
Such a breakthrough would mean that mothers could check a child’s blood sugar levels while it was sleeping using the device, or even receive information and advice about treating the conditions while driving.
It is also hoped the device will be approved to read pollen levels and adjust air control in the car or recommend a better route that avoided areas with a high pollen count. Ford aim to have the first applications available within the next couple of years.

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