Whereas most carmakers are trying to figure out a way of synching an iPhone with their own in-car entertainment systems without losing valuable subscription fees, Toyota is taking a completely different approach to in-car telematics and connectivity.
Toyota's focus on in-car technology will include semi-autonomous vehciles to improve the mobility of elderly drivers and steering wheels that can analyze heart rate and blood pressure and send vital signs to a doctor. ©Nika Art/shutterstock.com
According to an interview with Business Insider published November 11, Zack Hicks, Toyota North America's CIO, has revealed that the company is currently developing uses for technology that will really make a difference to its customers' lives. Chief among them are a semi-autonomous vehicle designed to help elderly motorists retain their mobility, sensors in steering wheels that can measure a driver's vital signs and feed that information to a doctor, and cars that can automatically alert the emergency services if the driver's health is at risk and their illness could cause an accident.