If your New Year resolution to get healthier is being driven off track by your hectic schedule, you may yet be in luck – if you drive an Audi, that is.
Among the the hundreds of health-centric new gadgetry showcased at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is the Audi Fit Driver. Originally unvieled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, this app pairs with a wearable fitness tracker such as the FitBit or Apple Watch and, via a series of sensors, monitors a driver's breathing and driving style.
Data collected is analyzed alongside outside variables including weather and traffic information to determine whether a driver is fatigued or stressed out – both issues that can significantly boost the risk of an accident. If the system does indicate that you’re a bit frazzled or ready to nod off, sensors activate connected systems inside the car designed to relax, awaken or otherwise adjust your attitude. Resulting tweaks include changes in the cabin temperature, ambient lighting, infotainment or even an automatic massage.
Feeing a full-on case of road rage simmering, your Audi just may deliver a back rub and launch your Sirius Radio’s easy listening Escape channel. Wiped out from a day of office politics and ready to head home and hit the hay? Fit Driver will make sure you stay wide awake by kicking up the lighting, cranking up the AC and blasting some ’80 hair band tunes.
Audi officials are branding Fit Driver as a “supportive driving companion,” a virtual friend to accompany you on any quick commute or days-long road trip.
Ready to throw down some cash, Audi drivers? Too bad this bit of tech genius thus far is available only in Germany. Word is, Fit Driver may ultimately make it to the US. We here at E3 Spark Plugs have our fingers crossed.