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
One day, this could be a visit to the doctor.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – 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."

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Oct 12, 2012 9:43 PM CDT
The writer is assuming that every driver has a doctor. Maybe the writer should call for studies how stressful it is to not being able to afford health insurance in the USA. Politicians, voter insensitivity and greed are the reasons why the USA is the only country in the civilized world that has no public health insurance.
Oct 12, 2012 8:57 PM CDT
Yeah, that's what I want: to get pulled over because my car told the cops I'm too tense to be driving. "Sir, we've been informed that you're either being kidnapped or in danger of a road rage incident." "Fuck you, pig!" "Road rage it is then. Step out of the car, sir."
Oct 12, 2012 7:57 PM CDT
The uncomfortable part is the large rectal thermometer you set on.