Chrysler, Gentex to preview and launch automotive biometrics at CES

January 3, 2017 - 

Chrysler will unveil its new Portal concept minivan with biometric technology at CES 2017, which is based on 20 years worth of data on the millennial demographic, which means it will have features to cater to that particular demographic, according to a report by Ubergizmo.

The Portal — which is currently only in concept form — will feature facial recognition and biometric technology to identify the driver.

This is intended to serve not only as a security feature, but also so that the vehicle can make automatic adjustments to seat position, sound settings, and mirror angles, based on the driver.

Leveraging two decades worth of data on the millennial demographic, the concept minivan’s features will cater to this specific demographic.

Other features include LED panels lined around the vehicle that can change color or animate, which allow drivers to customize the aesthetics as they see fit.

The vehicle is also equipped with a large infotainment system on the dashboard, along with a second screen stretching across the dashboard that replaces the conventional instrument layout.

Gentex Corporation will also be exhibiting at CES 2017 where it will introduce several new automotive technologies, including a new biometrics system that authenticates the driver and delivers customized security and convenience features.

The mirror-integrated biometric system identifies the driver upon entry, and, if properly authorized, starts the vehicle and personalizes their setup configurations by automatically adjusting mirrors, steering wheel, seat, music favorites, GPS locations, and other options.

The biometric system would also provide additional security for home automation services and vehicle transactions.

“This type of system would be perfect for new and evolving mobility solutions, such as car sharing programs,” said Steve Downing, senior vice president at Gentex. “The biometric system would identify the driver, authorize vehicle use and allocate payment, including incidentals like tolls and parking, and eventually even gas and fast food.”

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