Posted Date : 2015-07-25
"If you don’t own a smartphone today, you are part of a dwindling minority".
According,to recent Nielsen statistics, more than 70 percent of U.S. adults own these devices, with 85 percent of millennials owning a smartphone in the second quarter of 2014.
Clearly, age doesn’t matter anymore when it comes to owning cutting-edge mobile technology. Neither does the industry, as the trucking sector is showing it’s going to embrace mobile technology.
Tech giants Apple and Google, among others, are investing in transportation as 21st century demand continues to grow. In fact, Apple recently developed a new platform called “Research Kit,” which is an open-source platform that health care providers, educators and universities to collect data to help diagnose and hopefully cure diseases. Could driver health improve as a result? The Cupertino, California-based tech company recently announced the launch of five new apps that will study diseases such as Parkinson’s, diabetes, asthma and breast cancer – all of which are part of the Research Kit. From these applications, researchers can collect real-time data from the owner’s phones and use that to study, the Commercial Carrier Journal reported.
More specifically, one of the apps that will be used for Parkinson’s disease has the smartphone owner perform a tapping test and a walking test, which are identical to what they’d do in a doctor’s office. Health care providers and stakeholders can then take this information and look for signs of Parkinson’s.
As transportation looks for ways to encourage healthier behavior and improve overall driver health, these apps could shed light onto ways to do just that. Information including heart rate, blood pressure, steps taken and hours slept is a great way to help encourage healthier behavior by using data to identify the root cause of what may be ailing truckers today"""