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Synaptics launches fingerprint kit for automotive industry


Synaptics Incorporated is now offering broad availability of its new Natural ID fingerprint sensor evaluation kit (EVK) specifically targeted at the automotive industry.

The Natural ID Automotive EVK enables designers and engineers to quickly and seamlessly integrate fingerprint sensors into prototypes and demo systems inside a vehicle or in the lab.

Synaptics’ fingerprint sensors provide biometrics with advanced encryption capabilities, as well as can recognize user input gestures like swipes, taps and long presses.

The fingerprint sensors’ combination of biometrics and user input capabilities makes them well-suited for automotive applications such as driver-based personalization, in-car payments and services.

In addition, these capabilities enable them to interact with in-vehicle infotainment systems and instrument clusters where minimal physical clutter, intuitiveness of use, and minimization of driver distraction are important requirements.

“Synaptics is providing a unique and simple way to implement biometric authentication into next generation automobiles,” said Sunil Thomas, senior director of automotive business at Synaptics. “With this evaluation kit, Tier 1s and OEMs alike can rapidly prototype and evaluate compelling automotive user experiences that utilize fingerprint biometrics for a variety of purposes including driver-based personalization, user interface navigation and secure in-car payments.”

Previously reported, Synaptics Incorporated unveiled its new ultra-small form factor USB module that enables Natural ID secure fingerprint authentication on any notebook PC.

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