Ford Partners with Medtronic to Connect Cars with Medical Devices

Following its best quarter since 1998, Ford this week announced it's working to integrate its automobiles with medical devices to help drivers stay on top of their health conditions.

Using its in-car connectivity system, SYNC, which can connect devices via Bluetooth, access cloud-based Internet services, and control smartphone apps, Ford researchers want to enable drivers to use voice commands to interact with devices for glucose monitoring, diabetes management services, tools for managing asthma, and Web-based allergen alerts. Medtronic has signed on as a partner.

The initiative makes sense, as more than three-quarters of consumers are interested in mobile health solutions, according to a study by CTIA-The Wireless Association and Harris Interactive.

The Week has an interesting roundup of media reaction to the development.

—Jamie Hartford