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Ford to Build Biometric Sensors as Driver Assistance System

The company foresees in-car sensors that "can monitor the perimeter around the car and see into places that are not readily visible from the driver's seat."

The car maker said that it is working with real-time (biometric) sensor data that are radar and camera-based that can help to evaluate the potential effects on a driver. For example, traffic congestion could elevate the stress level of a driver and the system may decide to kill an incoming phone call. A 2013 Ford Fusion has been equipped with a total of 74 sensors that showcase the technology.

There is little doubt that the car industry is searching for the most suitable driver assistance system that goes beyond today's lane departure control, active cruise control and braking systems, without removing the authority to make driving decisions from the driver. There seems to be a lot of trial an error going on as Ford demonstrated just last year a technology that would connect (Ford) vehicles on the street via a Wi-Fi network to enable an advanced positioning system that could warn drivers of a potential collision course of two or more vehicles and, if necessary, force the cars to a stop.

We were told that project has been abandoned. However, biometric sensor upgrades in a vehicle appear to be a logical step above the current high-end driver assistance systems.