Subaru launches 2019 Forester with facial recognition at New York International Auto Show

Subaru has unveiled the 2019 Forester at the New York International Auto Show, which runs March 30 April 8, and Mashable reports that facial recognition technology the company calls “DriverFocus” is the model’s major upgrade.

DriverFocus recognizes up to five different drivers with infrared sensors to set seat positioning, the heating and cooling system, and radio station. It also recognizes if the driver is distracted or asleep, beeping if the driver looks away from the road for more than three seconds, and eventually slowing the car and bringing it to a stop.

While luxury carmakers like Lexus and Cadillac offer vehicles with facial recognition, a Subaru representative told Mashable that the Forester with DriverFocus will be the first vehicle with the technology for under $70,000.

Hyundai concept car features facial recognition and fingerprint biometrics

Hyundai is showcasing its Genesis Essentia Concept electric car, which features fingerprint controls and a facial recognition system for opening and closing doors, at the Show, Payment Week reports.

The concept car’s biometric capabilities are housed in the “B-pillar” in the window support just behind the driver’s head. It also integrates voice control, direct control of smart devices, and mobile payments.

Volkswagen and Rimac showcased concept cars featuring biometrics at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

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