Hyundai has promised heightened security measures to assuage fears over theft when it becomes the first car manufacturer to enable drivers to access and start their vehicles with just their fingerprints.
Keyless entry systems have the subject of intense media interest, with outlets reporting on criminals using the ‘relay attack’ to gain unlawful entry to vehicles.
According to Hyundai, security issues with smart fingerprint technology will be overcome with capacitance recognition, which detects differentials in the electricity level in various parts of the fingertip and “efficiently prevents forgeries and faked fingerprints”.
Hyundai said the technology demonstrated a 1 in 50,000 chance of misreading a fingerprint, making it five times more effective than conventional vehicle keys. An update system will also improve on this success rate.
The car manufacturer plans to implement the technology in its Santa Fe SUV model that will be released in select markets within the next few months.
To unlock the vehicle, Hyundai envisions the driver needing only place a finger on the sensor located on the door handle.
The driver’s encrypted fingerprint information will be identified and delivered to the fingerprint controller inside the vehicle, Hyundai explained in a release. The driver will also be able to easily start the vehicle by touching the ignition, which will also be equipped with a fingerprint scanning sensor.
The technology also provides a customised driving environment. Matching driver preferences with fingerprint data, the vehicle will automatically adjust seating positions, connected car features, and side-view mirror angles according to the driver.
Albert Biermann, president and head of the research and development division at Hyundai Motor Company, said: “In the future, Hyundai Motor plans to further expand the application of the technology to allow the automated adjustment of temperature, location of steering wheels, and many other features which will be tailored to driver’s preferences. This will ultimately offer quality driving experience to each and every Hyundai customer.”