Hyundai Motor Company has announced the world’s first smart fingerprint technology that allows drivers to not only unlock doors but also start the vehicle. Hyundai plans to implement the technology initially in its Santa Fe SUV model that is slated to be released in select markets on the first quarter of 2019.
To unlock the vehicle, all the driver has to do is place his/her 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 easily start the vehicle by touching the ignition that is also equipped with a fingerprint scanning sensor.
The fingerprint scanning technology also provides a customized driving environment. It matches the information of driver preference with fingerprint data and then the vehicle automatically adjusts seating positions, connected car features, and side-view mirror angles according to the driver.
Hyundai also addressed the security issues on the smart fingerprint technology. With 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 misrecognizing other person’s fingerprint as that of the driver’s is only 1 in 50,000 making it five times more effective than conventional vehicle keys, including smart keys. Moreover, through real-time learning of fingerprints supported by ‘dynamic update’ system, the fingerprint system can continually improve its success rate.
Hyundai will initially offer the fingerprint technology in select markets and then gradually expand to the other markets as well. Hyundai Motor also plans to continue to implement other customizable technologies to vehicle lineup, to strengthen technological leadership in the future mobility market.