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Car steering wheels will be able to detect the early warning signs of serious heart conditions by 2020.
British firm B-Secur is working on technology that will place medical-grade sensors inside a car's steering wheel to monitor a person's unique cardiac rhythm.
Electrocardiograph - ECG - Person - Well-being - Heart
An embedded electrocardiograph (ECG) will be able to track a person's physical well-being based on their individual and unique heart signature.
Cars of the future will be able to use this information to detect any anomalies that could lead to excessive stress, fatigue and even cardiac arrhythmias.
ECG - Equipment - Attachment - Electrodes - Patient
ECG's are currently only possible with expensive equipment and the attachment of ten electrodes to a patient's body.
The Belfast-based firm is working on miniaturising the technology to allow for accurate measurements to be taken from a single point hidden within the wheel.
Fingerprint - Analytics - Cars - Driver - Settings
A cardiac fingerprint is unique and the detailed analytics would allow cars to automatically adjust to the driver's preferred settings once recognising its driver.
B-Secur has earmarked 2020 as the date for a roll-out in commercial cars, saying it is currently collaborating with various manufacturers.
Alan - Foreman - CEO - B-Secur - MailOnline
Alan Foreman, CEO of B-Secur, told MailOnline: 'Electronics within the car, in the steering wheel for example, are able to detect heartbeat signals that can be used to monitor drivers for a variety of health related data including stress, fatigue and even cardiac arrhythmias.
'Access to this health data from cars will be on a scale that has not been possible until now.
Years - Technology - Cars - Driver - Health
'In less than two years this technology will be available in new cars and will lead to improved driver wellbeing, health and safety outcomes before seeing a medical expert.
'It may even result in earlier critical event detection that may save lives.'
Order - Electrocardiogram - Technology - Patients - Lead
In order to create an electrocardiogram with the existing technology patients are fitted with an electrode lead, or patch on each limb and six are...
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