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Biometrics abound at Chinese automotive show, Hyundai luxury brand launches payments

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The recent Auto Guangzhou show featured multiple new electric vehicles with biometric capabilities, Gasgoo reports, as companies around the world work to digitally upgrade the automobile market. A Hyundai brand has launched fingerprint-based payments, and Ambarella and NXP Semiconductors have announced new partnerships for the auto market. Meanwhile, even governments are applying strong identity verification technology in the sector, as Pakistan’s most populous province has made biometric verifications a mandatory part of vehicle ownership processes.

Presale of the Human Horizons HiPhiX, introduced at the 2020 Beijing Auto Show, began at Auto Guangzhou. The HiPhiX features face biometrics for hands-free entry.

The Leapmotor C11 features a facial recognition camera among its 28 precision sensors, and uses iFlytek’s intelligent voice interactive system to manage its three connected high-definition displays. The SUV’s computer runs on the third-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive Digital Cockpit Platform. Presale begins in December, and prices range from 160,000 yuan (roughly US$24,400) to 200,000 yuan ($30,500).

The doors of the Xpeng P7 Wing sportscar can be unlocked through an in-car voice assistant, according to the report. The automobile’s full software stack also includes modules related to driver behavior.

Hyundai luxury brand launches fingerprint payments

Luxury car brand Genesis, a subdivision of Hyundai Motors, will launch its GV70 sport utility vehicle with a fingerprint biometrics-based in-car payment system, Aju Business Daily writes.

The new Genesis Carpay feature will be available on the new model launched in December, though it is not clear from the report if it will be implemented outside of the Korean market. Genesis says its Carpay service is the first in-vehicle digital payment system based on fingerprints.

The biometric scanner will also be used for securing private information held in the car’s infotainment system and customizing seat position, according to the report.

The GV70 will also feature a rear-seat occupant alerting system to prevent children from being forgotten in the back seat.

Ambarella and Eyesight computer vision partnership extends to fleets

Eyesight Technologies and Ambarella have expanded their automotive solutions partnership to the fleet aftermarket industry.

The CV25 CVflow processor from Ambarella will be integrated with an in-cabin computer vision solution in development from Eyesight Technologies for fleets and Telematic Service Providers (TSPs). The advanced artificial intelligence CVflow architecture of the Ambarella processor complements Eyesight’s driver monitoring software Driver Sense, according to the announcement.

“We’re proud to expand our partnership with Eyesight Technologies for OEMs and Tier 1s to now include the fleet and TSP segment,” says Fermi Wang, CEO of Ambarella. “It’s exciting to see how Eyesight Technologies has efficiently implemented their safety applications on our CVflow SoC, creating a comprehensive video telematics solution.”

“With an estimated 500,000 commercial vehicle related accidents annually in the US alone, there is a serious need to provide this sector with proper tools to combat this reality,” comments David Tolub, CEO of Eyesight Technologies. “Our aftermarket hardware device will provide the global fleet and TSP market with a state-of-the-art DMS hardware solution that can be installed into commercial vehicles driving our roads today.”

NXP and AWS collaborate on edge-to-cloud automotive computing

NXP Semiconductors is collaborating with AWS on an edge-to-cloud compute solution for vehicles to extend its opportunities in the connected vehicles market.

The partners plan to deliver a secure edge-to-cloud solution to enable cloud services in next-generation vehicles to provide data-driven insights and service revenue. The solution can accelerate the shift to intelligent vehicles with real-time vehicle-wide data, secure connectivity and streamlined machine learning.

AWS’ edge and cloud services will be integrated with NXP’s new S32G vehicle network processor for service-oriented gateways that can improve vehicle capabilities with remote updates.

“NXP is pleased to collaborate with AWS to help our automotive customers accelerate their digital transformation initiatives by unlocking the value of vehicle data and leveraging edge-to-cloud services,” states Henri Ardevol, executive vice president and general manager of Automotive Processing at NXP Semiconductors, “We see the opportunity to help them make impactful improvements throughout vehicle life cycles with new vehicle data insights and the ability to make continuous improvements using machine learning and over-the-air updates.”

Biometrics required for Punjab vehicle registrations

Vehicle registrations and transfers in the Pakistani state of Punjab will require biometric identity verification as of December 15, 2020, with a mandate from the Excise and Taxation Department reported by Mashable Pakistan.

Vehicle buyers and sellers will be required to complete vehicle transfers in-person at excises and taxation offices, performing fingerprint biometric verification against the NADRA database to prevent the use of fake registration documents.

The department also announced an E-pay function for vehicle and property taxes as it digitizes its operations.

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