Hyundai embeds fingerprint technology into door handles


Well, who didn’t see this coming? When we already have in-screen fingerprint scanners in our mobile devices, this comes as no surprise. However, fingerprint scanning is a cool piece of tech, and Hyundai has come up with one for vehicles, which the company claims to be the first one in the world to do so.

Hyundai plans to implement the technology in Santa Fe SUV, initially, and will be available in select markets in the first quarter of 2019. It’ll be gradually expanded to other markets.


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

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

“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 & Development Division of the Hyundai Motor Company. “This will ultimately offer quality driving experience to each and every Hyundai customer.”


Hyundai also addressed the security concerns on this fingerprint technology. With capacitance recognition, which detects differentials in the electricity level in various parts of the fingertip, the technology efficiently prevents forgeries and faked fingerprints. The chance of misrecognizing someone else’s finger print as the driver’s, is only 1 in 50,000, making it five times more effective than conventional vehicle keys, including smart keys, the company said. Moreover, through real-time learning of fingerprints supported by ‘dynamic update’ system, the fingerprint system can continually improve its success rate.

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