MIT and Ford are collaborating on a project to lower the stress for drivers in an effort to make the roads safer, according to USA Today.
Chris Woodyard, who writes the paper's DriveOn blog explains:
Together, Ford and MIT are embarking on a study of driver workload and to identify new opportunities to use in-vehicle technologies to improve driver safety by lowering stress.
It's all going to take place at MIT's AgeLab:
There, the project will identify specific stress-inducing driving situations, monitor a driver's reaction to the situations using biometrics, and evaluate methods to incorporate new stress-reducing features into the next generation of Ford products. A six-month effort beginning this January will focus on human interaction with a specially equipped 2010 Lincoln MKS.
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