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Hyundai Allows Fingerprints to Unlock, Start Vehicles

Hyundai Allows Fingerprints to Unlock, Start Vehicles

The use of biometrics is nothing new when it comes to physical security, but the technology has largely be void in automotive. Hyundai is hoping to change that with an announcement that it will allow owners to use their fingerprint to unlock and start their vehicle in China.

At last week’s Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition Hyundai displayed a 2019 Santa Fe with the fingerprint technology. The vehicle has a fingerprint scanner on the door handle and the start button.

Hyundai says the hardware behind it leverages capacitive technology, meaning the scanner is reading the electrical signals in your fingerprint. The use of this technology should alleviate concerns associated with durability under extreme conditions; a most if the technology is going to be relied upon by owners instead of carrying a key fob.

Speaking of durability, Hyundai says the system has a 1 in 50,000 chance of failing.

Right now, The Korea Herald reports the fingerprint access system will for sure be offered on the new Santa Fe in China. It is not yet known if Hyundai plans to ultimately launch the technology in other global markets, including the U.S.





 

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AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. adk024
    arutherford
    So can the government use a warrant to be given your fingerprint from it?


    If you've been arrested, they already have them. And if you haven't, they can just follow you until you throw something out.
    CobaltSSKing
    arutherford
    So can the government use a warrant to be given your fingerprint from it?


    I would imagine he same rules the cell phone manufacturers play by the automotive makers will also.
    arutherford
    So can the government use a warrant to be given your fingerprint from it?
    CobaltSSKing
    This is the next step. Look at how much facial recognition Byton put into there concept models.
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