At this year's CES, Mercedes unveiled a fascinating new concept for road safety involving wearables, ambient lighting… and scented air.
The Mercedes 'Fit and Healthy' system, built in partnership with Daimler AG and Philips, is all about keeping drivers safe, alert, and healthy, and will start appearing in the new S-Class this year.
The initiative, which is made of several parts, will include taking data from wearable devices and sensors in the car to let the system know how the driver is feeling. It could also use a combination of ambient light, scented air and chair massaging to wake you up when you get in the car for your morning commute.
"To get it medically right we worked with people who know what they're talking about when it comes to the human body," said Mercedes-Benz divisional board member Ola Källenius, according to Wheels. "We put the engineers together with the doctors."
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Mercedes is also considering drivers of commercial vehicles, and is working on a vest that will monitor the wearer's vital signs to help prevent heart attacks.
Overall the idea is to reduce accidents by keeping drivers alert at the wheel and staving off the negative effects of sitting for too long. This would also include encouraging you to change seating position, using the seat massagers, so that no part of your body remains still for too long.
Although the S-Class will see some of these features come in later this year, Mercedes says it also has plans to introduce them into the next generation A-Class, meaning a lot of people may soon start reaping the benefits of this in-car health push.