New Toyota Steering Wheel Tracks Heart Rate

July, 2011

New technology from Toyota can detect irregular heart and body functions through the steering wheel. With the implementation of an ECG (electrocardiogram) the wheel can sense if the driver has arrhythmia, or even if they are enduring a heart attack. Abnormal heart rates are detected through the drivers hands with the help of contact sensors embedded in the steering wheel. This read of information is also shown on an in car navigation screen, allowing drivers to nonchallantly check their heart rate. If the driver is having heart attack, they are instructed to pull over immediately and the car itself will automatically call 911. Toyota hopes that this new health-related technology will help save many lives. For more information, please see Fast Company.