Car makers seek to accelerate integration of healthcare tech for in-vehicle monitoring

HoneyNaps’ Somnum automotive healthcare solution.

SEOUL: Global automotive manufacturers are swiftly incorporating advanced healthcare technologies into vehicles, marking a significant evolution in the automotive industry's approach to driver and passenger well-being.

Precedence Research reports a 32% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in the global automotive healthcare system market since 2022, with projections indicating a value of US$10 billion by 2027.

South Korea's HoneyNaps, renowned for its AI-powered sleep analysis, recently hosted representatives from a major German car manufacturer to introduce its "Healthy Sleep in Cars" technology.

Following FDA approval for its AI-powered sleep disease analysis algorithm "Somnum" last August, HoneyNaps aims to integrate its expertise into automotive healthcare solutions.

Leading the charge in innovative concepts, Volvo unveiled the 360c, a self-driving car featuring a bedroom-like interior, while BMW showcased the Mini Urbanaut, resembling a mobile relaxation zone. Pininfarina presented Teorema, with a house-like interior and convertible rear space.

Toyota and Ford have implemented heartbeat sensors in steering wheels and seats to trigger automatic deceleration and braking, aiming to enhance safety, especially for older drivers. These technologies include an automated messaging system for safe vehicle stoppage in the event of a driver blackout.

HoneyNaps USA president Sean HA (Tae Kyoung Ha) expressed optimism about the integration of sleep technologies into automotive systems.

"The automotive healthcare technology is at the forefront of convergence with cutting-edge innovative technical capabilities, alongside self-driving technologies. We anticipate widespread adoption of our sleep technologies within the automotive market".
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