Biometrics in Your Car? You can Bet on it!

Our lives are becoming more and more automatized, so why hasn’t that secure personalization translated to our personal vehicles? Today, biometrics are an integral part of our daily lives. We use our fingerprint or facial recognition to unlock our phones, have the ability to wake up and control our smart home devices with our voices and even use biometric scanners to get into the office or unlock a work computer. We think it comes as no surprise that biometric integration in our tech devices would naturally progress to our vehicles.


But, what exactly can biometrics do for drivers?


To start, the inclusion of voice biometrics within your car gives your automobile the opportunity to limit voice control of the infotainment system to only enrolled drivers. Voice and/or facial recognition can also be used for switching driver profiles in the vehicle for personalized settings, from seats, windows, temperature and music making your vehicle a seamless extension of your connected home and life. Facial recognition and authentication technologies, combined with sophisticated AI for the inclusion of biometric authentication, will also allow you to personalize settings for certain verified drivers, and allow limitations, whether it is tracking driving hours in a company car or limiting the volume at which your teen is allowed to listen to music.


Fingerprint readers and facial recognition can also bolster vehicle security. Cars have long lagged behind cell phones when it comes to access control, maintaining the archaic metal key and 30+ year old keyless entry remote control. However, fingerprint scanners will soon allow easy entry to your vehicle and might even be integrated into the push-button start feature of your ignition, making sure it is you and only you behind the wheel - another added layer of security protecting against theft.


The most important benefit of biometric adoption in the car is driver safety. Facial recognition, combined with deep learning AI, could be used as a safety precaution for at-risk and tired drivers or someone getting behind the wheel under the influence. The system would be able to sense attentiveness behind the wheel and alert drivers as they become distracted or fatigued, and in extreme circumstances, disengage the ignition, preventing the driver from starting the car and driving in the first place.


Today we are spending more time than ever in our cars, with the average person commuting at least 30 minutes to and from work. With inventions like self-parking and autonomous driving cars hitting the roads for test drives, it is only natural that our cars are going to continue becoming smarter model after model.

Alyson Yarberry