Your Next Car May Have A Fingerprint Scanner And Facial Recognition

Key fobs could soon become irrelevant, as technologies that are already implemented in even mid-range smartphones these days look set to reach the world of cars in the near future.

Vehicles with keyless access have become quite common, but this solution has been proven to be a security risk, as it enables potential thieves to hack them.

In fact, would-be thieves can easily buy devices that record and replay a key’s signal when it is sitting unprotected in a purse or wallet. Some devices are so powerful that they can capture a key’s signal through walls and instantaneously unlock a vehicle.

Insurance companies and automakers are aware of this, and one technology company believes fingerprinting, facial recognition and retina scans will be required to get access to future vehicles. Silicon Valley’s Synaptics is working on new and innovative ways of granting owners access to their vehicles, including through fingerprint scanners to not only open a car but to also start the engine.

Speaking to the Detroit Free Press, corporate vice president for Synaptics, Godfrey Cheng, said key fobs won’t be entirely redundant moving forward but will be paired with other security devices.

“You’re no longer relying just on a fob. This will be a fob and a fingerprint. We’ll cover touch, sight, hearing and voice. We’ll cover all the senses but taste and smell,” he said.

Fingerprint scanners in vehicles won’t just make them more secure but, according to Synaptics, allow for things like geofencing and time-based access. For example, parents could customize certain elements of their vehicle, such as how much power it delivers, based on a certain time of day or when a particular user, like their offspring, is driving the car. Additionally, certain driver details could be stored alongside a fingerprint, such as their favorite seat position and music preferences.


  • Dude

    I don’t see why a fingerprint scanner wouldn’t make a car more secure. Something has to be done about the vulnerabilities of current fobs. Ultrasonic fingerprint sensors on something you have to touch to drive the car anyway (steering wheel, shifter) would be a good idea imo.

    • brn

      Way too many people are under the misconception that bio-metrics are more secure. By themselves, they are not. I leave my fingerprint everywhere I go. It’s easy to steal. If someone gets my fingerprint, I can’t [reasonably] change it.

      When used in conjunction of other authentication methods (a key, a password, etc), they do help increase security.

  • danno

    2019 Subaru Forester has facial recognition to adjust car parameters based on the driver – such as driver seat adjustment

    • Perry F. Bruns

      “if you steal my car, you’ll have to completely readjust the seats!”

  • S CAT

    So now thieves will need to chop off your finger and pop yo eye out to steal your car. No thanks… I’ll either pack heat, or throw them my keys.

    • Liam Paul

      lol yea my hyundai is not worth my eye, take it

    • rodriguez256

      If Apple can make a fingerprint scanner not defeatable bying chopping off a finger from phones years ago, I’d imagine the same tech can be applied here. Facial recognition could prove to be more secure as well.

  • Adilos Nave

    I wonder if the techies designing this stuff ever think about actually using a car in the real world. You know, when it’s -5 degrees, windshield is covered in 1/4″ thick ice, 6″ of snow on the ground, etc. A lot of people wear gloves! This is just needless technology that really serves zero purpose. A solution looking for a problem. All touch-screen controls on cars need to be banned completely.

    • rodriguez256

      Considering there’s a problem with key fobs and their signals being hack able, there is a problem already. So for that problem this is a solution. Facial recognition could prove to be the most useful. However I’d prefer they’d go apples route on privacy and security by having the info stored on a secure chip and not ever sent to the company for data mining.

      • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

        Facial recognition has been proven not to work time and time again.

      • Adilos Nave

        You have a point about about the keyfobs being hacked but cars have been stolen for years and they always will be. I just don’t think that we should introduce yet technological solution to a problem that never should have existed in the first place. If it’s cold and your gloves are too thick to use the keyfob, it’s still easy to use the actual key. A key works 100% of the time in all conditions regardless of who is operating the vehicle. Why replace reliability with some gimmick?

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    Very skeptical to the technology revolution in the automotive world

    I can see my self from those who are very much against this even I know 100% it will come and no one will be able to stop ot

    • S CAT

      Buy older classics and restore them for daily drivers. It’s becoming a very popular option that I’m sure will expand greatly as all this automotive circusry is being shoved up everyone’s ass!

  • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

    Locks only keep honest people out. If someone is determined to steal a vehicle, then they will.

  • Jake

    This is ridiculous. Only used for surveillance #optout

  • IdahoMan


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