December 15, 2016 -
Continental will demonstrate fingerprint and facial recognition technology for vehicle personalization and authentication at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 in Las Vegas.
“The integration of biometric elements brings our expertise in system integration to the fore, as we are linking our access control solution with other intelligent systems in vehicles to ensure increased comfort and safety for all passengers,” explains Andreas Wolf, head of Continental’s Body & Security business unit. “In addition, the access system functions almost like a doorman, allowing us to control specific components as and when they are needed. This means that components are not required to operate continuously, which saves energy and increases efficiency.”
Automotive manufacturers can introduce an increased level of security to their vehicles using biometrics. For example, having a valid key inside the vehicle is not enough to start the engine if the driver is also required to authenticate themselves using a fingerprint sensor. This two-factor authentication process significantly increases the vehicle’s anti-theft protection measures.
Biometrics would also allow drivers to personalize their vehicles. Using an interior camera connected to the system, facial recognition technology can be used to identify the driver’s face and automatically personalizes vehicle settings, such as seat and mirror position, music, temperature, and navigation, for that specific driver.
Continental stated, in a release, that it is possible to integrate the biometric system in all intelligent systems, regardless of the access technology used in the vehicle.