Hyundai announces smart fingerprint technology for starting cars

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South Korean motor manufacturer Hyundai has announced the world’s first smart fingerprint technology that allows drivers not only to unlock the doors but also start the vehicle.

Hyundai plans to implement the technology initially in the Santa Fe SUV model that is due to be released in select markets during the first quarter of 2019.

To unlock the vehicle, the driver needs to place a finger on the sensor located on the door handle. The encrypted fingerprint information will be identified and delivered to the fingerprint controller inside the vehicle. The driver can also start the vehicle by touching the ignition that is equipped with a fingerprint scanning sensor.

The technology also helps to provide a customised driving environment. For example by matching information fingerprint data with driver preferences, the vehicle automatically adjusts seating positions, connected car features, and side-view mirror angles according to the driver.

“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 of the Hyundai Motor Company. “This will ultimately offer quality driving experience to each and every Hyundai customer.”

Hyundai also claims to have addressed security issues on the smart fingerprint technology. Thanks to capacitance recognition, which detects differentials in the electricity level in various parts of the fingertip, the fingerprint technology efficiently prevents forgeries and faked fingerprints.

The technology’s chance of mis-recognizing other person’s finger print as the driver’s is only 1 in 50,000 making it five times more effective than conventional vehicle keys, including smart keys, says Hyundai. Moreover, through real-time learning of fingerprints supported by ‘dynamic update’ system, the fingerprint system can continually improve its success rate.

Hyundai will apply the fingerprint technology in select markets and gradually expand to the other markets. Hyundai Motor also plans to continue to implement other customizable technologies to its vehicle lineup, to strengthen technological leadership in the future mobility market.


Chris Price
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