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Could your car predict if you’re about to have a heart attack? Toyota reveals it is developing cardiac sensors which may be inserted in seat belts and help bring vehicles to a safe stop

  • Dr Kayvan Najarian, who is leading the study, said: ‘Toyota discussed how they wanted to move towards technology that can monitor and analyze the physiology of the person driving and predict if they are going to have adverse cardiac events.’
  • Dr Najarian added: ‘We concluded that cardiac events were conditions that are more feasible to detect with technology in the vehicle.’
  • Dr Najarian said: ‘We would like to test hardware we had previously identified, and improve and validate our algorithmic solutions to see what it will take to generate a system that could look at the physiology of a person, provided by high-density electrocardiogram (ECG) measurements, as well as other medical models will be used to analyse the data collected, before testing the system on real-time prediction of cardiac events.
  • Dr Pujitha Gunaratne, the prinicipal scientist at the Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Centre, said: ‘A challenge for vehicle applications is having a system that can detect small changes in heart rhythms but can also separate out the noise and motion that happens inside the vehicle.
  • Dr Narajian added: ‘When we analyzed crash statistics already reported by different agencies, we found that drivers 65 years of age and older have a lot of medical-related issues that are related to vehicle crashes.

Toyota is working alongside Michigan Medicine to develop the technology, which could be placed in a car to monitor and predict a cardiac event.

@evankirstel: Toyota is developing tech to monitor and predict heart attacks @IrmaRaste #digitalhealth…

By Shivali Best For Mailonline

Published: 09:16 EDT, 12 June 2017 | Updated: 09:40 EDT, 12 June 2017

Could your car predict if you’re about to have a heart attack? Toyota reveals it is developing cardiac sensors which may be inserted in seat belts and help bring vehicles to a safe stop