TOKYO (NWN) – Cars already know how to park themselves, warning drowsy drivers, getting back in the right lane and proposing map routes to destinations. Mazda cars are in the works for next year in Japan, know when drivers have a stroke or heart attack.
According to the Japanese automaker, by 2025, cars will even know that drivers are going to have a sudden health problem and be warned.
What’s included is data from cameras inside the car, without having to resort to laser sensors or other more intrusive technology. And it will be offered in affordable models, not just luxury vehicles. Technology holds promise for one of the most advanced aging societies in the world.
Mazda recently told reporters that it is working with medical experts, including Tsukuba University Hospital, to research the collected image data to determine what a healthy driver looks like as opposed to a disabled driver, Suddenly the steering wheel slipped forward.
Once a problem is identified, the co-pilot concept, which does not yet have an official name, will stop the car as quickly as possible at a safe place such as the side of the road.
According to Mazda, the car will be flickering and the danger light flashing, although the exact warning signs are still undecided. An emergency call will also be relayed to the ambulance and the police.
Other major automakers, including Germany’s Volkswagen and Japanese rival Toyota Motor Corp, are working on similar technology.
Mazda plans to offer the technology in Europe after Japan. Mazda wants to wait and see before introducing it in the US, as it believes questions remain about their social acceptance, although similar systems that stop the vehicles are already available from rivals. are offered by.
According to Mazda, for privacy concerns, personal data doesn’t leave the car.
The engineer in charge, Takahiro Tochioka, said Mazda is working on ways to predict a health problem that may be coming, even if the driver is not aware of it.
He said the way the car focuses on people’s vision, there are shaking of their heads, minor disturbances in driving habits and other subtle changes.
“And it will warn drivers even before the actual symptoms appear,” he proudly told reporters.
“But the understanding and cooperation of the drivers around that car is important for this technology to work.”
Mazda is hoping the Japanese public will see a driver in distress and help them, as the notion of widespread public goodwill characterizes Japan.
Tochioka said the technology will empower people to continue driving throughout their lives and help reassure families and friends not to worry. Offering a co-pilot will allow Mazda to gain feedback from real-life users, he said.
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