German automaker Audi AG is in the midst of developing a system that will enhance a person’s health and fitness while they drive a car.
Audi’s system, Audi Fit Driver, will integrate wearable technology with the car’s own sensors. The car’s sensors will work together with a wearable device, like a smartwatch, to monitor the driver’s vital signs, such as heart rate and skin temperature.
Vehicle sensors will add information on driving style, breathing rate, and environmental data such as weather and traffic conditions. The car’s systems will respond in order to calm down, vitalize, or protect the driver. In the instance of a driver being stressed out, the Audi Fit Driver will reduce stress levels or improve concentration through a couple different methods.
If the system detects the driver is stressed out, it will initiate a video tutorial for a breathing exercise. This approach, known as biofeedback, is already employed in performance sports and medicine. After assessing traffic conditions, it might also recommend a break.
The company plans to incorporate driver assistance and safety systems, as well as piloted driving functions in a later project phase. In extreme situations, the car can execute a piloted emergency stop and place an emergency call via the eCall system.
As of now, Audi Fit Driver is only being used in concept cars.