SMK Electronics and CAARESYS collaborating on biometric passenger monitoring tech

SMK Electronics is collaborating with CAARESYS to develop automotive occupancy and biometric detection sensors for inclusion in next-generation passenger occupancy systems. SMK Electronics is a division of SMK Corporation, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of OEM remote controls and electronic components.

The partnership will see SMK Electronics and CAARESYS develop biometric automotive sensors to deliver accurate passenger sensing while remaining unaffected by vibrations in the driving environment. New features compatible with the safety standards for future vehicles include a seat-belt reminder and child-presence detection system and a driver or passenger monitoring system using contactless biometric sensors which measure heart rate, respiration rate, and heart rate variability.

“The automotive in-vehicle sensor marketis poised to significantly expand with the coming of autonomous vehicles,” commented Tetsuo Hara, Executive Vice President, SMK Corporation. “In the self-driving scenario, sensing occupancy is critical. But it will be equally important to know and monitor passenger status through the use of biometric sensor technologies. Working with partners like CAARESYS, SMK is pleased to offer advanced automotive sensor solutions, powered by biometric monitoring to improve passenger comfort and safety.”

A growing number of companies have launched biometric technology for the auto industry, recently including Fingerprint Cards and Infinity Optics. Synaptics Vice President of Marketing Godfrey Cheng told Biometric Update during a demo of the company’s automotive fingerprint technology that biometrics will reach consumer’s dashboards within 18 to 24 months.

Martin Zizi, founder and CEO of Aerendir Mobile, recently wrote a guest post for Biometric Update commenting on how biometric technologies will help secure the future of the automotive industry.

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