Your Next Doctor's Visit: Sitting in Your Car

A USC center wants cars to monitor our health
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2012 6:44 PM CDT
Your Next Doctor's Visit: Sitting in Your Car
One day, this could be a visit to the doctor.   (Shutterstock)

Most of us tend to our car's every need, but what if our cars returned the favor? Well, USC's Center for Body Computing is already on the case, reports. They're getting in on a USC project called Nigel, a Mini Cooper equipped with 230 sensors that log every detail of how drivers drive—and displays it all on an iPad or iPhone app.

But instead of recording every use of blinkers or brakes, the center wants the car to monitor breathing and heart rates. Combined with pollution sensors and GPS, such a car could say whether certain polluted highways are unhealthy, or warn you're getting tense when driving to your mother in law's. "The car is very aware of its health," says a USC doctor, "but we’re in the dark ages as drivers as far as our own." (More cars stories.)

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