September 26, 2014 -
Ford’s Global Technologies division has developed a system to bring advanced biometrics to future vehicles, according to a report by Patently Apple.
Originally filed on March 19, 2013, Ford’s patent application #20140285216 was recently published.
Compatible with Apple’s iOS, as well as other mobile systems, the biometric system would be applied to the steering wheel of future Ford vehicles as an authentication device that identifies the driver.
The system, which works in association with Apple’s Touch ID technology, ensures that the vehicle would only start if the fingerprint applied to the device matches that of the owner or owners.
Additionally, the system can work with multiple fingerprints as the driver wraps them around the steering wheel and will measure the drivers pulse to see if there’s a match to the owner.
In the application, Ford states it will cover the entire steering wheel with durable conductive material that can withstand moisture and other environmental factors.
Ford also notes in the patent application that the biometric system will extend to the driver’s seat, which will include multiple capacitive sensors that are able to detect the vital signs of the driver.