Ferrari’s latest patent application is based around a new technology that can monitor a driver’s mental and physical state in order to adjust a car’s stability and traction control systems. The purpose of the new technology is to help avoid potential accidents resulting from a driver losing control of his or her car. According to MotorAuthority, the patent will consist of the installation of a series of sensors, located around a car’s cabin, which constantly monitors a driver’s state.
According to Ferrari: “Drivers tend to miscalculate--in particular, overestimate--their driving skill and, more importantly, their psychophysical condition, with the result that driver-selected dynamic vehicle performance simply reflects the driver’s wish, as opposed to the driver’s actual psychophysical condition and proficiency.”
Whether this patent gets approved is yet to be determined. If Ferrari is successful, this technology has the potential to revolutionize the way safety is perceived and implemented in vehicles moving forward. Living in Vancouver where the drivers are bad and the traffic is worse, we fully support this push for increased safety and hope to see it sooner rather than later.