We usually write about new health technology that people wear, hold, carry, or use in their homes. We have noted studies that indicate self-driving cars will support aging at home and covered the Vigo headset monitor that tracks truck driver alertness. Despite the amount of time Americans spend in their cars, however, there have not been many health tech developments for use in vehicles. Now it appears the time has come for in-vehicle health tech development.

Transparency Market Research recently published a report that forecasts the global market for automotive active health monitoring systems will increase at a 67% compound annual growth rate from 2018 to 2026. According to the market intelligence firm, this growth is driven by unhealthy lifestyles leading to a significant rise in the number of drivers dealing with obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases that could impair their ability to drive safely. Consumer demand for vehicle safety features, government programs and mandates, and vehicle manufacturers’ seeking to market differentiation will be important factors pushing this market. The demand for in-car health monitoring will rise the first in Europe, followed by North America and Asia Pacific countries. People with obesity, hypertension, and diabetes in Europe and North America will look for systems that monitor vital signs.

The report segments automotive health monitoring systems by region, location in the vehicle, applications, components, deployment, and sales channels. According to the report, driver seat systems will lead at first, but dashboard-based health monitoring systems will dominate the market by 2026. The first applications, often integrated with existing alertness sensors, will include sensors that monitor pulse, blood sugar level, and blood pressure,

According to Transparency Market Research, major driver health initiatives already underway by Audi, BMW, Ford, Mercedes, Volkswagen, and Volvo will propel the automotive active health monitoring while other OEMs get on board.