Driver monitoring systems put automotive biometrics for payments in place
The starting point for in-car marketplaces has already been established, with driver safety systems placing cameras in cabins to apply biometrics to detecting driver distraction, Mastercard VP and Global Lead for New Mobility Partnerships Will Judge believes.
Wards Auto reports that during a presentation made as part of the Automotive Tech Week: Megatrends online event, Judge noted that research has found the pandemic advanced digital commerce by two years. Transactions in automobiles may be made with biometrics by drivers whose time has been freed up by self-driving systems, or with connected cars interacting with road toll systems or gas stations.
“Facial recognition, and in particular facial recognition with liveness, is in our view, a very valuable capability,” Judge says. “I’m keen to learn more about the extent to which automotive manufacturers can see a business case for including that kind of camera in the vehicle anyway, whether there might be an opportunity to create additional value by making use of that camera for (digital commerce purposes) as well.”
Making systems secure enough without detracting from the user experience likely means biometrics. The model already exists for mobile payments, and facial recognition capabilities already being built into some vehicles can replace the inherence factor that is sometimes supplied by typing biometrics on a mobile device, Judge suggested.
A few more vehicles with interior cameras are coming to market, as VinFast has launched three new connected, electric car models, each of which include driver monitoring systems.
The VF31, VF32 and VF33 all include facial recognition for drivers, and a multilingual voice assistant, and personalize the in-cabin experience based on past preferences.
The vehicles are expected to reach customers in Vietnam in February 2022, and in the U.S., Canada and Europe in June 2022.
Qualcomm to power more GM capabilities
A longstanding partnership between Qualcomm and General Motors has been extended to power digital cockpits, next-generation telematics and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
GM will use the 3rd-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms to deliver immersive in-car experiences and artificial intelligence for virtual assistants, vehicle interactions, and safety applications.
Hyundai launches customer service bot with facial recognition
Hyundai Motor Group has launched a humanoid customer service robot, DAL-e, which uses face biometrics and natural language processing to recognize and communicate with people, respectively, Autocar Pro reports.
DAL-e is an acronym for ‘Drive you, Assist you, Link with you-experience,’ and the robot is expected be put to work in Hyundai and Kia showrooms, according to the report. DAL-e can perform mask detection and reminder functions, and may help with COVID-19 social distancing protocols.