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Frost & Sullivan forecasts biometric wearables to transform driving experience by 2025


Frost & Sullivan Intelligent Mobility has released a new report entitled ‘Biometrics in the Global Automotive Industry, 2016–2025‘, which forecasts that ongoing advancements in biometrics will significantly transform the driving experience, health wellness and well-being (HWW), and security of vehicles by 2025.

According to the report, one in three new passenger vehicles will eventually feature fingerprint recognition, iris recognition, voice recognition, gesture recognition, heartbeat monitoring, brain wave monitoring, stress detection, fatigue monitoring, eyelid monitoring, facial monitoring, and pulse detection — all of which will be driven by built-in, brought-in and cloud enabled technologies.

The report emphasizes the need for major automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier 1 suppliers to stay informed about the technologies, business models, and regulations impacting the automotive biometrics ecosystem.

“Partnerships between automotive OEMs and wearable companies will result in faster penetration of biometrics within the automotive industry, allowing OEM’s to save on biometrics related research and development (R&D) expenditure, while creating growth avenues for wearables companies,” said Joe Praveen Vijayakumar, an industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan Intelligent Mobility. “New business models such as device-as-a-service (DaaS) and health-as-a-service will also emerge.”

The report also states that OEMs and suppliers are investing in advanced biometrics based on human-machine interaction (HMI) concepts such as natural language and gesture recognition.

In addition, OEMs and suppliers are vertically integrating and funding relevant startups to develop a stronger portfolio.

“Urbanization will continue to fuel emphasis on biometrics-driven advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) features to navigate heavy traffic while ensuring safety and comfort,” Praveen said. “However, customer concerns surrounding the safety of the sensitive data collected through biometrics will compel suppliers to also invest in cybersecurity measures to build credibility and increase growth.”

The report identifies the automotive biometrics space’s emerging innovators as Empatica, whose watch monitors the vitals of drivers with epilepsy and predict an attack before it occurs; Gestigon, which offers a software system that interprets a combination of driver movements and draws actionable insights; Optalert, which offers eyeglasses with infrared rays that monitor the eyes of the driver to detect the onset of drowsiness; Sober Steering for its sensors that can be embedded into the steering wheel to see whether the driver is intoxicated; and Vigo for its smart headsets that monitor head movements to determine driver distraction, slouching posture and drowsiness.

Previously reported, Frost & Sullivan released research that details how biometric security will be the future of mobile security and fintechs will drive the expansion of biometric security.

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