Drivers of Hyundai cars will soon be able to open and start their vehicles without the need for keys, by using fingerprint technology as available on smart phones.
The company says it plans to initially implement the technology in the Santa Fe SUV model that is to be released in select markets in the first quarter of 2019.
To unlock the vehicle, the driver needs to place a finger on the sensor located on the door handle. The encrypted fingerprint information will be identified and delivered to the fingerprint controller inside the vehicle. The driver can also easily start the vehicle by touching the ignition that is also equipped with a fingerprint scanning sensor.
Hyundai adds that the technology also provides a customised driving environment by matching information of driver preference with fingerprint data meaning the vehicle automatically adjusts seating positions, connected car features, and side-view mirror angles according to the driver.
It adds that with capacitance recognition detecting differentials in the electricity level in various parts of the fingertip it is secure because it prevents forgeries and faked fingerprints, with the technology’s chance of misrecognising another person’s finger print as the driver’s is only 1 in 50,000 making it five times more effective than conventional vehicle keys.