2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
In the future, drivers could use a steering wheel sensor to carry out a health check. The system developed by scientists from the Technical University of Munich measures heart rate, among other things.
Health screenings while driving could increase road safety in the future. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich have now developed a corresponding steering wheel sensor. The system measures heart rate, skin resistance and oxygen saturation.
Electronics detect excessive blood pressure
The electronics can use the skin conductance to detect acute stress or high blood pressure. In the case of problematic values, calls can be suppressed in order to relieve the driver. It is also conceivable that the radio can be turned down automatically. In the event of serious problems, emergency braking or activation of the hazard warning lights would also be possible.
The first tests with test subjects in cooperation with the Senior Citizens' Advisory Board in Munich and the car manufacturer BMW were very promising, according to the scientists. During four fifths of the driving time, the sensors integrated in the steering wheel provided usable measurement data. (SP-X)