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The latest Hyundai Santa Fe comes equipped with a fingerprint-enabled unlocking and starting system – as long as it is for the China market. For this market, the vehicle itself is 16 cm longer than the domestic South Korean model, and will go on sale in China sometime in the first quarter of 2019, according to the Korea Herald.

As with the Santa Fe meant for overseas markets, the one bound for China will also get the Rear Occupant Alert – which uses an ultrasonic sensor to detect the movements of children and pets – in order to safeguard against forgotten occupants in the second row.

The security system will enable multiple users to register their fingerprint data for the same vehicle, according to Hyundai, which will make it more accessible to members of the same household, for example. This data can then tailor certain settings to the driver, such as the position of the seat and the rear-view mirrors. Future updates could extend personalisation to air-conditioning and steering settings, the automaker adds.

The fingerprint sensor uses capacitance for identification, as it differentiates between electricity levels on different parts of the finger. This is to prevent hacking or faked fingerprints, according to Engadget. The system will receive users’ encrypted fingerprint data before unlocking the car, and has an error rate of one in 50,000, according to Hyundai.

Other modern electronic conveniences for the China-market Santa Fe include a Baidu voice recognition system and a wireless mobile device charger. Elsewhere, fingerprint recognition has already been applied to cars, though this is the first that has been integrated into the door handle.

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