November 11, 2013 -
KeyLemon’s facial recognition software has just been licensed by Visteon to develop an “intelligent” in-car experience for drivers.
“When we first began collaborating with Visteon our focus was not the automotive industry. However, we have been able to optimize our face recognition solutions within Visteon’s IT architecture to great effect, consuming very low memory and CPU,” Gilles Florey, CEO of KeyLemon said.
According to the two companies, the new system could recognize the driver upon entry, automatically adjust driver settings like seat and climate, and can even watch for a distracted driver behind the wheel.
BiometricUpdate.com identified the need for better biometric integrations into the automotive space a few months ago, and it’s good to see that momentum is growing to better involve this technology into cars.
Reported previously, Cisco recently published a new Customer Experience Report, which indicates that many drivers are warming up to the use of biometric systems in their cars. In particular, many drivers suggest that security is a good starting point.
Voice biometrics is another likely avenue for in-car customization and identification features besides facial and fingerprint verification, though engine and road sounds do pose a potential problem.
In September, KeyLemon closed a significant $1.5 million Series A round of funding. The investment, the company’s first external funding, was co-led by Debiopharm Investment and Swisscom Ventures.