What will driver health monitors mean for the recall market?

What will driver health monitors mean for the recall market?

Posted: by Stericycle on Mar 29, 2019

It is reported (Mintel: IT Services – UK, February 2019) that in 2018 the number of IoT connected devices surpassed mobile devices, and it is forecast that by 2020, 75% of new cars will have built-in IoT connectivity.

Breakdown provider Green Flag launched a system in 2017 to monitor car health and send notifications to users’ mobile phones if their vehicle was about to break down. At that time the product had a price point of £35. The Alert Me kit was smaller than other competitor products and was designed to identify over 1,000 possible faults.

New product developments like this one are designed to integrate safety with security to provide drivers with an assurance that they are prepared against potential problems. However, car technology firms are also working on technology to monitor and track driver and passenger movements.

Similar to car health devices, these applications measure human health, including biometrics, respiration and heart rate.

US-based Texas Instruments’ technology featured in a Daily Mail article (Friday 15 March 2019). The company uses a mounted device to identify people in the car and classify their gender. It also able to identify pets.

Similarly, UK based B-Secur is working on new tech that will monitor a driver’s unique heart rhythm through an embedded electrocardiograph (ECG).

At this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, BMW showcased gaze recognition technology which is designed to allow drivers to control the inside of their car using their eyes. Gaze recognition will be available for the first time in the BMW iNEXT in 2021.

As this technology is yet to reach the market, there are no related recalls to reference. That said we do know that recalls are inevitable when it comes to new tech and we can expect there to be quite a few when the time comes.

Until then, the alerts we expect to dominate news around recalls include products that pose a serious risk. According to notifications published this week (Week 11) in Safety Gate, there were four motor vehicles stopped from entering the marketplace. All were considered to pose a risk of injury, and had varying technical defects including; possible defective hose on the radiator, insufficient tyre pressure, incorrect tyre to wheel assembly and a childproof lock positioning inaccuracy.