We've already said a lot about the devices that check if you're too drunk to drive, but today a group of German researchers want to take this concept a little further: their 'smart steering' constantly monitors the driver's vital functions and modifies behavior. of the car in their function.
Developed by Munich Technical University in collaboration with BMW, this steering is equipped with numerous sensors capable of measuring heartbeat, oxygenation levels and blood pressure: if any of these factors goes out of range, the system can get to take partial control, block phone calls, turn off the radio, start the arrows and also slow down or stop the vehicle.
The system can also record this data for later analysis, and alert medical units in case of dangerous situations. Driving safety, on the other hand, depends on many factors: a part of road accidents is caused by sudden illness or falling asleep, and could be avoided with greater control of the driver, perhaps by changing the speed and position of the vehicle in case of sudden changes in the physiological state of those behind the wheel.
Sounds really futuristic, doesn't it?
For professional deformation I also reflect on the possible shortcomings: I imagine insurance companies that increase the premium (never that they decrease it) adducing high levels of stress behind the wheel. I foresee a future comeback of pilot gloves :)