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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Teams Up With Ford to Research Driver Stress

MIT and Ford Motor Company are beginning research on driver workload and stress. The goal of this new study is to identify ways that in-vehicle technology can reduce driver stress, thus improving safety on the road.

The six-month long project is a continuation of a partnership between Ford and MIT’s AgeLab that began in 2004. They have been working on development for vehicle systems that detect that the state of drivers and can ultimately reduce those drivers’ stress levels. Looking at biometrics like heart rate, eye movement, and skin conductivity, MIT researchers are working on a system that will be part of future Ford vehicles.

Ford hopes that these innovations will become part of driver’s overall wellness plans.

Source: Ford and MIT Team Up To Improve Safety by Reducing Driver Stress, PRNewswire.com, December 30, 2009
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