Hyundai launches its innovative fingerprint unlock and ignition technology

By Catherine Sturman
The traditional key FOB has been transformed throughout the years, but no technology has been as personalised as the use of fingerprint and facial recog...

The traditional key FOB has been transformed throughout the years, but no technology has been as personalised as the use of fingerprint and facial recognition technology. Hyundai is set to introduce the use of fingerprint technology to unlock and turn on its new Santa Fe model, which is set to go on sale in China in the first quarter of 2019.

Through the use of biometric sensors, users will also be able to further tailor their journey to their requirements, such as adjusting seat positions, mirrors and various other features through digital innovation.

To unlock the vehicle, users will need to place their finger on the sensors embedded in the door handle, providing additional security against traditional lock methods. The company has stated that security will now be increased five-fold in comparison to traditional smart keys, where there will be 1 in 50,000 chance of the technology not recognising a user’s fingerprint. Implementing capacitance recognition, the technology will also reduce the risk of faked fingerprints and ensure accuracy even in extreme weather conditions.

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As consumers continue to look for technology to provide simplicity and ease of use, the automotive industry continues to undergo significant disruption. As automotive leaders continue to compete in the development of autonomous cars, it is only natural that the industry will look at further ways to deliver further convenience. The Jaguar E-Pace SUV, for example, has been advertised to those who love the outdoors, where an “activity key,” resembling a wristband with embedded NFC Chips, can be worn, removing the need to take bulky keys on the move.   

“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. This will ultimately offer a quality driving experience to each and every Hyundai customer,” commented Albert, Biermann, Hyundai’s head of research and development.

Additionally, the model will house Hyundai’s AI voice recognition system, built by Baidu. Similarly to Alexa, it will enable users to use voice commands to deliver infotainment services or find out further information regarding the weather, any concerns with regards to travelling on a particular route and more.

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