New Ford App Could Run You Off the Road

ford motors healthAre you sick of your sniffles? Over your allergies and ready to slam your head against the steering wheel? Well, Ford understands, and they want to do something about it. According to ABC, Ford Motors is searching for in-car health and wellness service apps to make their products even more appealing for potential drivers with severe allergies and diabetes. What's that mean? Soon, you may be able to find out your blood sugar levels, change your route based on pollen and smog levels in the vicinity, and see an advanced weather forecast. All inside your car.

It sounds cool, right? Ford's the first company with these "medical cars" in the works. But you know what I think? It sounds like there's just gonna be too much going on. Sure, everyone's in a tizzy about the dangers of texting and driving. But soon, could simply "using" your car be just as risky?


Ford's goal is to make driving more convenient for the user. By working with medical device maker Medtronic, the company aims to keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. Take this scenario: Ford's new efforts could prompt you (while driving), asking if your snoozing child is simply a bit sleepy or suffering from hypoglycemia. It's official: The future is here, and it asks a lot of questions.

It's every concerned parent's dream, I get it. But how distracted does someone need to be in their car? First, the big item was having navigation. And thank goodness! When you're on the go, you don't always have the information you need to get from soccer practice to your girlfriend's dinner party.

But the difference between navigation and other advanced car features is that with nav, you set up and you're done. With other new features (like Ford's health and wellness aspirations), the devices warrant responses. And while the purpose of voice command technology on many newer cars is to prevent distracted driving, it's not always the case.

Take my father, for instance. When he "speaks to his car" and the car doesn't "understand him," he immediately heads toward the dash to punch in his desirable outcome instead. While his brand new Lincoln MKX is beautiful, seeing his eyes move from the road to the dash is uber-scary.

Too much techy add-ins just seem to be overwhelming, especially since we've miraculously managed to survive without them 'til now. To me, Ford's new plan for health and wellness service apps seem to be another added distraction. One that, dare I say it, could ultimately be more hurtful than helpful.

What do you think of the allergy apps and other extras Ford is working on? Do you think extra technology in the car is dangerous?

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