Gentex biometrics technology featured in Rinspeed concept car

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

Eyedentify vehicle safety system leverages biometrics

Indian IoT startup Eyedentify is preparing to launch a vehicle occupant security product which leverages biometrics and applies algorithms to audio recordings to improve the safety of taxi and commercial vehicle drivers and passengers. Authorized drivers are biometrically enrolled, and the system verifies the driver’s identity before allowing the engine to start, The Economic Times reports. Other features include video recording and transmission, vehicle impact recognition, and strategically placed panic buttons. The company is currently running pilot projects, and says

Fujitsu predicts shared car industry, AV to drive biometrics integration in vehicles

Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) will soon enable fingerprints and iris scans to replace keys for unlocking and driving cars, according to Fujitsu America. The majority of shared cars is use will have utilization rates over 50 percent by 2030, according to research recently released by the company. That represents a major increase over 5 percent utilization rates for shared cars today, and will drive MaaS adoption, the company says. Frost & Sullivan research indicates that more than 20 million cars could be

Digital Barriers partner to incorporate facial recognition into AV fleet

NEXT Future Transportation and Digital Barriers have launched a joint integration program involving embedded computer vision software. Digital Barriers’ SmartVis live facial recognition and EdgeVis live video streaming capabilities will be incorporated in the modular vehicle solutions developer’s patented autonomous mass-transportation and goods-movement fleets. The partnership will enable the development of a new user experience in mobility where an individual’s face provides them with secure access to various connected services and in-vehicle preferences. At the same time, the deployment of

Yamaha demonstrates MOTORiD with facial and gesture recognition

Yamaha has introduced a new artificial intelligence-powered system for motorcycles enabling facial and gesture recognition, dubbed MOTORiD. The feature allows the bike to be turned on and off with a gesture, and is designed to provide the feeling of Kando, which translates roughly as a strong feeling of excitement and satisfaction caused by experiencing a thing of very high quality, though customers in the western hemisphere may be reminded of Knight Rider. “MOTOROiD’s development concept was an ‘Unleashed Prototype,’ and

Goode Intelligence examines biometrics market for the connected car

Goode Intelligence has published a new analyst report forecasting that the biometrics market for the connected car will be valued at $969 million, with a CAGR of 96 percent over the six year period from 2018. In “Biometrics for the Connected Car; Automotive Biometrics Market Analysis & Forecasts 2018-2023”, the market research firm predicts that it will take the market around three to five years to start deploying biometrics in greater volumes for in-car and supporting biometrics on smart mobile

DENSO using FotoNation image recognition to improve vehicle safety feature

Automotive technology firm DENSO Corporation will begin using FotoNation’s image recognition technology to significantly improve the performance of its Driver Status Monitor, a safety feature used in commercial vehicles. FotoNation’s facial image recognition technologies will help accelerate DENSO’s development of next-generation products to be used in passenger vehicles, including a system to help drivers return to driving mode during Level 3 of autonomous drive. The partnership will combine DENSO’s accumulated experience in improving the robustness of cabin sensing technologies and

Technavio report forecasts global automotive biometric market 2017-2021

Technavio published a new report titled “Global Biometric Market in the Automotive Sector, 2017-2021”, which forecasts that the market will grow steadily during the next four years and see a CAGR increase of more than 19 percent by 2021. The report states that one of the main growth drivers of the market is the vulnerability in existing keyless entry systems in which criminals use hacking devices to break into vehicles. To combat this, automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), suppliers, and

Automotive industry increasingly adopting biometric technologies

A new report by Venture Beat points to the increasing use of biometric technologies in connected cars to increase security through driver identification and authentication, as well as provide a more convenient experience. In fact, a recent report found that the biometric vehicle access systems global market will increase from its current $442.7 million to reach $854.8 million by 2021. At last month’s CES show, several firms demonstrated integrated biometrics technology for vehicle authentication including: Continental’s fingerprint and facial recognition

FPF, NADA release consumer privacy guide

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) have released a new consumer guide that explains the guidelines governing the way personal data is collected and used by the latest generation of vehicles. Today’s vehicles come with a wide array of equipment and features that rely on the collection and use of data about you and your vehicle to support safety, efficient performance, convenience, and entertainment. The guide explains the kinds of information that may