You’ll soon be able to unlock, start Hyundai cars via fingerprint

Is this as secure as Hyundai makes it out to be?
by Drei Laurel | Jan 2, 2019
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Tired of car keys taking up precious real estate inside your pockets? Well, soon you won’t need to have them on your person to get inside and start your vehicle, because Hyundai has just announced that it will begin rolling out smart fingerprint technology in 2019.

Getting inside your Hyundai will soon be as easy as placing your finger on a sensor located on the door handle. Starting the car works in the same manner, via another sensor located on the dashboard to the right of the steering wheel. The system will also be able to automatically adjust seating position, infotainment features, and side-view mirror angles depending on the scanned fingerprint data.

“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,” said Albert Biermann, president and head of research and development division of the Hyundai Motor Company. “This will ultimately offer quality driving experience to each and every Hyundai customer.”

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According to the Korean carmaker, the system’s chance of misidentifying someone’s fingerprint is just one in 50,000. This, Hyundai says, makes it five times more effective than conventional car keys and smart keys.

The first Hyundai to get this feature will be the all-new Santa Fe in the first quarter of 2019. Only select markets will receive it, but the company plans on using the technology on other models eventually. Do you think fingerprint scanners are the future of car security, too?

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