December 15, 2017 -
A vehicle-sized “skateboard” with biometric security and personalization has been unveiled by automotive think tank and car design firm Rinspeed, featuring iris scanning and other connected-car technologies from Gentex.
The concept car, dubbed “Snap,” allows users to connect personalized “pods” to the “skateboard” chassis, which autonomously drives passengers to their destination. The pods are secured by biometrics, which also serve to automatically personalize seat position, HVAC controls, and other amenities through Gentex HomeLink vehicle-to-home automation technology. The biometric system can also be used to connect passengers to cloud-based connected-vehicle services.
The pods are meant to allow passengers to work while commuting, and to use the space even when stationary, for example as a mobile office or secondary living space. The concept is designed to reduce traffic congestion, improve vehicle life-cycles, and provide more environmentally-friendly mobility.
Snap’s biometric ID module consists of a near-infrared emitters, an iris-scanning camera, and system-level intelligence, according to the announcement. It would secure and customize the pods according to home automation pre-sets for multiple users.
Snap will debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 9 to 12.
Fujitsu recently predicted that fingerprints and iris scans will be used with autonomous vehicles and Mobility-as-a-Service as utilization rates climb.