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A true driver's car can seem to know exactly what the driver's thinking, but that's really not the case. Right?

According to the latest reports, Ferrari is developing a series of systems that will actually read a driver's mind and body to bring the relationship between man and machine that much closer. The reports stem from a patent application wherein Ferrari describes a network of technologies that will aim to read a driver's respiration, perspiration, blink rate, heart rate, blood pressure, cranial activity and other parameters, adjusting the vehicle's dynamics accordingly.

The hopefully non-invasive gizmos would be placed in the cabin ceiling, dashboard, steering wheel and seat, and are being developed in response to one simple conclusion: drivers think their abilities are beyond what they actually are. But is this one step too far in the development of electronic nannies?

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This is either a really good idea, or the worst idea ever. Especially for a Ferrari. If it made the driving experience exponentially more exciting, then by all means... However, it sounds like an overly invasive attempt to dull everything. Then again, how many Ferrari drivers REALLY know how to drive a Ferrari at it's peak of potential? So in that case, it doesn't really matter. If it's something you won't be able to disable, it's going to hurt Ferrari's image more than they think.
      • 4 Years Ago
      By 2022, I will be able to enter my wheels, tell it where I want to go & kick back while watching the Knicks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This would not work on Kimi, that is why they fired him.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So what will the car do when it realizes the driver is thinking of sex every 5 minutes?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Might I suggest Ferrari that in all these gismo a device that shocks the driver if he/she is caught texting or using a cell phone while driving and also for one the same for drivers slowly dozing off (how one could in a Ferrari is beyond me though).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Having unfortunately driven a high performance motorcycle at far too near the point of total exhaustion, I can say with confidence that it's possible to fall asleep while driving anything.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "The reports stem from a patent application wherein Ferrari describes a network of technologies that will aim to read a driver's respiration, perspiration, blink rate, heart rate, blood pressure, cranial activity and other parameters, adjusting the vehicle's dynamics accordingly. "--------------------What if the driver really wants to run someone over?
        • 4 Years Ago
        When I first read that sentence, I swear I read "anal cavity"....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I believe this would be a real HI TECH feature but are they sure it AIN'T gonna interrupt the DRIVER for OVER SPEEDING!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Soooo...what if the car's "brain" reads the driver's mind and senses that he's thinking, '...that bastard's headlights are blinding me and he ought to be hit head-on!' Will the Ferrari veer into the on-coming car while the driver is screaming, "WTF IS GOING ON???"
      • 4 Years Ago
      So can it call ahead to starbucks and have your beverage ready by the time you arrive to pose it up at cars & coffee?
      • 4 Years Ago
      So... if the driver gets too excited, will it catch on fire?
      • 4 Years Ago
      i'd rather they just put some Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso type guy in the passenger seat.

      Though to be fair, subjecting those guys to my take on high performance driving would be sheer torture for them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice.
      This is like the opposite direction of all other carmakers.

      Now everything is numb.... so numb..
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