Can Biometric Sensors in Cars Tap Into Newer Security Prospects?

Rachel Smith, Applied Technology Review | Sunday, January 24, 2021

Rachel Smith, Applied Technology Review

FREMONT, CA: As automobiles become smarter, biometrics present next-generation functionalities in security and personalization.

Connected and smart automobiles have started taking to the roads. It is well-known that many of the functionalities in these modern cars are sensor-driven. Now, many car manufacturers are considering the incorporation of biometric sensors as well. Biometric sensors are today found very commonly in smartphones and are used as a means of securing the devices. In the context of automobiles, biometrics adds a layer of security and facilitates personalization. This article discusses the viability and advantages of fingerprint sensors and facial detection systems in modern vehicles.

Fingerprint Sensors: Easy Unlocking

Fingerprint sensors are being projected as the potential alternative to car locking systems. With fingerprint sensors added to the external handles, users can have secure access to their vehicles. Unlike keys that can be misplaced or stolen, fingerprint sensors are robust as a means of security. Besides, fingerprint sensors can also be used for engine ignition. By placing fingertips on the sensor, a driver can start a car conveniently. Thus, in addition to being a means of security, fingerprint sensors enable optimized convenience as well. However, there are some limitations when it comes to eliminating key-based locking systems in favor of fingerprint-based alternatives.

Iris Recognition: The Key To Personalization

Facial recognition or iris recognition are also being considered for inclusion in smart vehicles. By incorporating biometric sensors that detect and authenticate user identity, vehicles can become highly secure. Unlike a fingerprint, facial recognition is a passive form of authentication and is thus even more convenient. Cars equipped with biometric sensors that allow iris scanning and facial recognition can identify drivers when they get behind the steering and adjust all controls and features accordingly. From setting the preferred temperature to playing the favorite radio station, everything can be synchronized and personalized. Apart from that, facial recognition systems are easier to incorporate, and even older cars can get one.

As cars transform into intelligent, connected entities, biometric sensors can promote convenience, security, and access controls. From welcoming car owners to blocking down unauthorized people, biometric sensors can deliver value in significant ways.

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