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Integrated facial biometrics feature in connected cars at fall auto shows


Connected cars demonstrated at car shows this fall are featuring facial recognition integrated as part of new systems to change the driving experience with digital technology.

IDEMIA has partnered with engineering research and development company Altran to develop a connected, autonomous vehicle with built-in artificial intelligence, which it calls “Columbia.” Created as both an assisted-driving car for personal use based on the concept of shared transport, and as a vehicle for professional users who may pick up and drop off items, Columbia uses IDEMIA biometrics to provide strong digital identity and authenticate individual users.

Users enroll with IDEMIA’s digital e-KYC system, and open and start the vehicle with a digital car key and facial recognition. A driver monitoring system (DMS) based on an on-board camera system interacts with the driver to return control of the vehicle to the human driver if necessary.

More than 20 sensors are embedded in the vehicle, and it offers a plug and play electronic architecture to enable autonomous mobility systems. It also includes a system for light interactions, an intelligent dashboard, and a mobile application called “I-ris” which enables users to provide secure access to the vehicle with facial recognition to manage shared transport or send a package.

“IDEMIA is proud to be presenting its cutting-edge technologies as part of the Colombia project demonstration at the Paris Motor Show. IDEMIA’s experience and knowhow guarantee the unique nature of client identities (for both businesses and private individuals) and the reliability of their digital identity. Our priority is guaranteeing convenience and security for users,” comments Yves Portalier, Executive Vice-President for Connected Objects at IDEMIA.

Columbia will be demonstrated at the Paris Motor Show from October 4 to 14, in the Altran booth.

Meanwhile, cockpit electronics supplier Visteon Corporation showed off a range of digital technologies for automobiles, including a driver monitoring system with facial recognition, at the recent International Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition (EVS31) in Kobe, Japan, October 1 to 3.

Visteon displayed a 4K instrument cluster, including infrared cameras for facial recognition, head and gaze tracking, to asses driver readiness to take control of the vehicle. It also presented the DriveCore autonomous driving platform, a stand-alone V2X (vehicle-to-everything) module, and the SmartCore domain controller, which integrates the vehicles various digital systems.

Synaptics Vice President of Marketing Godfrey Cheng recently told Biometric Update that integrating biometrics will allow car makers to expand vehicle capabilities while taking back control of the center console from smartphone companies.

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