According to a series of Europe-wide and global patent applications, Ferrari is developing in-car technology to monitor a driver’s mental and physical state and adjust the car’s stability and traction control systems to suit.
This report from Autocar revealed that Ferrari is working on a range of sensors to provide the car with information about the driver so that it can make adjustments on its set-up.
In the patent application filed by Ferrari, drivers were said to have a tendency to miscalculate or overestimate their skills and their psychophysical condition.
Ferrari’s technology would mean that the driver-selected dynamic vehicle performance would be what the driver wants instead of being a reflection of the driver’s actual psychophysical condition and proficiency.
The application cited a cabin housing different (preferably non-invasive) biometric and psychometric sensors for recording and transmitting, which are the values of the psychophysical parameters of the driver, says Autocar.
Ferrari also mentioned that the biometric sensors consist of a piezoelectric measuring device for the driver’s respiration, a device to monitor the driver’s blood pressure and heart rate, a television camera to check the driver’s eyes (blink rate) to gauge the driver’s alertness, a device to monitor the electric activity of the driver’s brain, a device to take note of the driver’s surface temperature and a device to record the conductivity of the driver’s skin (to find out the degree of perspiration).
The application also cites a single line diagram, which seems to indicate that sensors would be mounted in the cabin ceiling, dashboard, steering wheel and driver’s seat area. It also features a manettino dial to tell if Ferrari wants to still offer the race-based driver control system.