HeartKey's steering wheel can ID drivers and track their health
We're seeing all sorts of tech here at CES 2019, it's all about monitoring your health and helping you stay healthy here.
One of the more interesting ones that I have seen comes from a company in Ireland named Be Secure.
The product is called HeartKey, and it uses innovative technology to track your heartbeat and use that as a unique identifier The idea is that everybody has a unique heartbeat and if you can detect that heartbeat, you can detect who that heartbeat belongs to.
And in recent years, the technology has gotten to a point where that type of sensor technology can fit onto a chip set really small.
Now along with some obvious applications like wearing the sensor around your chest and then tracking your heart beat data on your phone, and monitoring stress levels, things like that, one of the really interesting applications is to put that technology into the steering wheel of cars and actually use that to authenticate the driver.
You can actually tell who's driving and only start the car against the correct driver and not start it if it's someone who shouldn't be behind the wheel.
You can track those health metrics as the driver's actually driving and help prevent a catastrophe if they get drowsy or get distracted.
The other interesting idea is that as you're driving and collecting that data and giving a really thorough look at your health data.
And kinda just using that drive time as data collection time when it comes to your heart health.
Now Be Secure is already looking for partnerships of auto manufacturers in Europe, and they're looking to come to the US too, which is why they're here at CES.
And some of the partners they're looking at include steering wheel manufacturers, including big names like Bosch.
So it isn't far fetched that we'll see this technology in cars in the US before too long.
We'll keep an eye on this tech as it evolves and maybe makes it's way to a steering wheel near you.
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