Hyundai has revealed more about its fingerprint unlock and start technology that will debut in brand’s Chinese market, longer wheelbase Santa Fe SUV in the first quarter of this year. It’s pretty much like how most people unlock their smartphones today, so it’s not groundbreaking in concept, although it’s new for autos.

To unlock the vehicle, the driver needs to place a finger on the sensor located on the door handle. The encrypted fingerprint information will be identified and delivered to the fingerprint controller inside the vehicle. The driver can also start the vehicle by touching the ignition button equipped with a fingerprint scanning sensor.

The tech also provides a customised driving environment. Matching information of driver preference with fingerprint data, the vehicle automatically adjusts seating positions, connected car features, and side mirror angles accordingly.

“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 R&D at Hyundai.

One big question is security. The Korean giant says that with capacitance recognition, which detects differentials in the electricity level in various parts of the fingertip, fingerprint tech efficiently prevents forgeries and faked fingerprints.

The technology’s chance of misrecognising another person’s fingerprint as the driver’s is only one in 50,000, making it five times more effective than conventional vehicle keys, including smart keys, Hyundai says. Also, through real-time learning of fingerprints supported by a ‘dynamic update’ system, the fingerprint system can continually improve its success rate.

The carmaker will apply the fingerprint technology in selected markets and gradually expand it. What’s your take on this new tech for cars?

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