One day your car may know as much about your health as your physician does. Well, not quite. But Ford Motor Co. is in the midst of a research and development effort to create "the car that cares," says Gary Strumolo, global manager, health and wellness research, at Ford Research and Innovation.

Ford's vehicles already have voice-activation technology available, which drivers can use to dial someone on their cell phone or access music off their iPhone in a hands-free manner. "You can keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel," says Strumolo. "You don't have to be fumbling with a device."

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