New vehicles with biometrics features coming as auto access control market grows

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.

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