Cockpit of the Future
The Silicon Alps Cluster has joined forces with the Virtual Vehicle Research Center to pioneer a transformative collaboration between the automotive and healthcare sectors. This venture seamlessly integrates mobility and health, as exemplified by our esteemed project partners, Human.technology Styria and ACstyria.
Gone are the days when vehicle sensors solely detected external road hazards. The ‚Cockpit of the Future‘ is designed with a keen emphasis on the passengers within. By harnessing cutting-edge sensor technology from the MedTech microelectronics realm, we aim to elevate safety for every individual on the road.
Considering the substantial hours we spend in vehicles, there’s an untapped potential to monitor and analyze vital signs. This not only keeps drivers informed about their health in real-time but also ensures immediate alerts to first responders post-accidents. Such advancements promise heightened safety for seniors and those battling chronic and cardiovascular ailments, ultimately enhancing overall road safety.
It’s worth noting that fatigue and cardiovascular issues account for approximately 7% of fatal road accidents in Austria. Alarmingly, drivers aged 65 and above are most prone to accidents stemming from medical emergencies. As our population ages, the imperative for in-transit health monitoring grows. Such systems can be life-changing for individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes, allowing them to remain active while being constantly monitored. Looking ahead, we foresee this domain burgeoning into a focal point of development, promising significant economic growth for the region.