New vehicles with biometrics features coming as auto access control market grows
The global market for vehicle access control will grow at a CAGR of 10.6 percent to 2025 to reach $17.3 billion, driven by innovative technologies including biometric fingerprint-enabled ignition, according to a study by Grand View Research. The report comes as a new concept car with biometric access control is launched, and a company making innovative vehicles with facial recognition unlocking announces a major funding round.
The new Karma SC2 concept car features 1,100 horsepower, can go 0 to 60 mph in less than 1.9 seconds, and provides fingerprint and facial recognition for access control, CNBC reports. The two-door luxury car is intended as a demonstration of the company’s direction as a technology-driven brand.
Xpeng Motors has announced a $400 million Series C funding round, led by consumer electronics company Xiaomi, and is planning to soon launch a second model with many of the same technological features as its G3 electric SUV, including facial recognition door access, Forbes reports.
The G3, introduced in late-2018, and the forthcoming P7 electric sedan both feature advanced computer vision systems, leveraging a swiveling camera mounted in the roof. The G3 includes 12 ultrasonic sensors, five HD cameras and one infrared camera, and radar technology. An in-cabin camera and gesture recognition are used to control the exterior camera.
Xpeng, which is sometimes called a Tesla rival according to Forbes, says that 95 percent of G3 owners use facial recognition for vehicle access.
A third Chinese-owned auto maker, Byton, is launching a new electric SUV featuring gesture and facial recognition to the U.S. market, according to Fast Company.
The M-Byte midsize electric SUV is expected to launch in China in 2020, and the U.S. and Europe in 2021. The vehicle will offer hand-gesture and voice commands, which are personalized for different drivers with its facial recognition, a review on PluginCars.com writes. The review also states that personal bio-data such as weight can be measured by the car and synced with health data from wearables.