From smartphones to tablets and PCs, fingerprint unlocking has seen a gradual surge in popularity in the last couple of years. However, the technology is now shifting gears and moving to a new territory: cars. According to a report by The Korean Herald, South Korean auto giant Hyundai has showcased a car that will allow drivers to unlock and start the vehicle by simply using their fingerprints. The car in question is Hyundai’s premium SUV, the Santa Fe.
The company showcased the car – and the tech – at an auto show in China. The fingerprint sensor will be in the door handle as well as at the ignition point. The good thing is that the car will allow multiple drivers to enrol their fingerprint data. What’s even better is that as soon as the fingerprint is recognised the car will adjust the angle of rear-view mirrors and the position of the seat.
As of now, the feature will come to the Hyundai Santa Fe in China and is expected to debut in 2019. A report by Engadget further explains that Hyundai uses “human capacitance” to make sure that no one can hack or fake fingerprints. According to Hyundai, the system has an error rate of 1 in 50,000. The new Santa Fe in China will also Baidu’s voice recognition and will offer a wireless mobile phone charger. While fingerprint tech has been around in cars, Hyundai will be the first manufacturer to use it in a vehicle’s door handle. The car also comes equipped with Chinese internet giant Baidu’s voice recognition system and a wireless phone charger. As of now it has been reported that Hyundai will launch the car in China only. It is expected to roll out on the roads in early 2019.