Forget car keys. Hyundai is rolling out technology that will allow drivers to unlock and start their vehicle using only their fingerprint.
The feature will debut on the new Hyundai Santa Fe that’s coming to China in the first quarter of 2019. We’ve reached out to Hyundai to find out whether we can expect the feature on our recently redesigned Santa Fe here in the U.S.
To unlock the Santa Fe, drivers place a finger on the sensor located on the door handle. A controller inside the vehicle recognizes the encrypted information. To start the ignition, drivers will have to scan their fingerprint once again, this time on the ignition button. Once the car has your fingerprints, it will automatically adjust the seats, side mirrors, and connected car features to your preferences.
“In the future, Hyundai Motor plans to further expand the application of the technology to allow the adjustment of temperature, steering wheel position, and many other features which will be tailored to driver’s preferences” said Albert Biermann, president and head of Research & Development Division for Hyundai Motor Company, in a release.
According to Hyundai, there’s only a 1 in 50,000 chance that its technology will misrecognize another person’s fingerprint as the driver’s. As Engadget points out, that’s the same rate Apple gives for its touch ID tech for iPhones. The system detects differentials in the electricity level in various parts of the fingertip to protect against forgeries, Hyundai says. The automaker also says the feature is updated constantly through real-time learning so the success rate will improve over time.
While Hyundai is exploring fingerprint technology, Tesla Model 3 drivers can use their smartphone as a key. Meanwhile, Byton is using facial recognition cameras to adjust settings to the driver.
Source: Hyundai, Engadget
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