New cars will feature blood glucose testing for individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes

Some people with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes may find that they require an entire extra bag for their diabetes medications and testing supplies when they travel. However, checking one's blood sugar levels while on-the-go may soon become much more convenient for individuals who drive a Ford.

There is a high level of competition in the car industry, with some manufacturers trying to outsell the competition by incorporating cutting-edge technology into their vehicles. Ford Motor Company is one of the car makers using this type of innovation to boost revenue. The SYNC system featured in some of this brand's new vehicles allows drivers to use the hands-free system to make phone calls and control certain programs and tools within the cars, among other things.

According to a recent article published by Medical News Today, Ford has also collaborated with Medtronic, a manufacturer of blood glucose testing monitors, to develop a prototype system that allows Ford SYNC to connect via Bluetooth to a Medtronic continuous glucose monitoring device. The goal of this program is to allow drivers to hear their test results, track blood sugar changes and receive warnings when levels are too low, the news provider explained.

"To address the growing challenge of chronic diseases, Medtronic is collaborating with companies like Ford to develop innovative solutions. Diabetes in particular is a chronic disease where frequent monitoring of blood glucose levels throughout the day is critical," said the company's senior vice president, James Dallas, quoted by the news source.

The news organization reported that being able to access blood glucose testing while driving may help individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes avoid hypoglycemia. People who become hypoglycemic because their blood sugar levels are too low may experience dizziness or fainting, which could potentially lead to serious traffic accidents.