Starting the first quarter of 2019, Hyundai Santa Fe models will debut the world’s first smart fingerprint technology that will allow drivers to unlock, lock and even start the vehicles without using keys.
To be initially released in select markets, the technology matches information of driver preference with the fingerprint data to adjust the seat, connected car features and even the side-view mirrors as soon as the doors unlock.
When the driver places his finger on the sensor located on the door handle, encrypted fingerprint information is delivered to the controller inside the vehicle. After the door unlocks, the driver can then start the vehicle by touching the ignition that’s also equipped with a fingerprint scanning sensor.
“In the future, Hyundai Motor plans to further expand the application of the technology to allow the adjustment of temperature, steering wheel position, 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” said Albert Biermann, President and Head of Research & Development Division of the Hyundai Motor Company.
To prevent forgery, Hyundai used capacitance recognition to detect differentials in the electricity level in various parts of the fingertip. With this, the chance of misrecognizing another person’s finger print as the driver’s is only 1 in 50,000, which is five times more effective than conventional vehicle keys, including smart keys.
The system also uses real-time learning and is supported by a ‘dynamic update’ system to continually improve its recognition success rate.
Hyundai will gradually expand the technology to other markets in the future.