In recent years, Americans have begun to play a more active role in managing their health and well-being. Recognizing this trend, Ford is developing a line of in-car connectivity solutions for health and wellness. These solutions are designed to provide self-help information to people behind the wheel.
Ford uses SYNC® capabilities to connect devices via Bluetooth, access cloud-based Internet services, and control smartphone apps. They develop voice-on-board connections to a range of medical instruments, including blood glucose monitoring devices, diabetes management services, web-based allergen alert solutions, and blood glucose control tools.
“Ford SYNC is known in the industry and among consumers as a successful automotive infotainment system, but we want to expand the paradigm by turning SYNC into a tool that can improve people’s lives as well as improve driving quality,” he said. Paul Mascarenas, CTO and Vice President, Ford Research and Innovation.
Use a sensible and large-scale approach to integrating mobile health and wellness solutions into your car. Ford uses a broad-based approach to develop some initial wellness and well-being programs; Explore the two populations most in need of constant communication with potentially vital information: people with diabetes and people with allergies or asthma.
According to the American Diabetes Association, there are currently about 26 million adults and children with diabetes in the United States, 3 million more than four years ago. The American Foundation for Asthma and Allergy reports that more than 60 million Americans suffer from asthma and/or allergies.
Ford is working with experts in these areas to create in-car features and services for people living in such conditions.
“Ford’s approach to health and well-being in cars is not related to the role of a health care provider or health care provider, we are a car company,” said Gary Stromolo, Global Director of Interiors, Info entertainment, Health and Wellbeing Research, Ford Research and Innovation. .
Ford SYNC offers three unique ways to integrate wellness services into the car:
The ability to connect devices via Bluetooth – using Bluetooth medical devices can be connected to the car to share information through SYNC; Just like a driver can log in and access his mobile phone or his address book using a voice command
Cloud services are Ford’s external network, providing information about traffic, traffic routes and information providers that drivers can access through their mobile phones. New services, known as SYNC, can be easily added with this plug-and-play voice activation feature.
AppLink – This innovation allows drivers to access smartphone apps using voice commands. The SYNC Applied Programming Interface (API) allows app developers to share data between their applications through SYNC, allowing drivers to more intelligently manage apps while driving.
Ford’s current health and well-being research projects include:
Blood glucose monitoring: A prototype system that allows Ford SYNC to connect via Bluetooth to a continuous blood glucose monitoring device and transmit glucose levels and trends through the audio system and central console, as well as provide secondary warnings if levels are too low.
Allergy Alerts: Ford collaborates with SDI Health to activate the SYNC Allergy Alert smartphone app through AppLink, giving users voice access to an app that provides daily location-based access. Daily pollen index levels; asthma, colds and coughs and sensitivity to ultraviolet rays; and a four-day forecast.
WellDoc: Ford and WellDoc, a recognized leader in the evolving field of integrated mobile healthcare services, have joined forces to integrate automotive accessibility into Comprehensive WellDoc cloud-based personalized solutions for people with asthma and diabetes through SYNC services. Using voice commands, SYNC users were able to access and update their WellDoc profile to receive real-time patient coaching, behavioral training, and commitment support based on their historical and ongoing disease data.