New Hyundai Santa Fe Can Be Unlocked, Started With Fingerprint, But Only In China

The all-new Hyundai Santa Fe can be unlocked and started with a simple fingerprint. The only caveat? The feature will only be available in China.

During a recent event in the country, the South Korean automaker detailed the feature to the Korea Herald. While only the Chinese will be able to enjoy the feature, it is entirely possible the technology will be implemented into future Hyundai models sold around the world.

Chinese-bound Hyundai Sante Fe models come shipped with fingerprint readers on both the door handle and ignition button. The car is able to support multiple encrypted fingerprints and depending on which user is operating the vehicle, the seats and angle of the wing mirror will be automatically adjusted to their tastes.

The future is here.

According to Hyundai, a future software update could also allow the biometric system to add personalized temperature, humidity, and steering settings.

Hyundai’s fingerprint sensors use human capacitance to function by differentiating between the electricity levels in various parts of the finger. This prevents hacking and faked fingerprints being used to fool the system. The automaker says the system has an error rate of 1 in 50,000, the same as Apple’s Touch ID technology.

Although buyers of the new Santa Fe in the United States won’t be offered a fingerprint sensor, they can buy the SUV in a number of configurations, starting from a very reasonable $25,500. Among the key standard features for select Santa Fes in the U.S. is the Hyundai SmartSense suite of driver assistance systems, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a color head-up display.

more photos...

    china is already pushing the mark of the beast

  • Eric

    At which point, the fingerprint is promptly beamed over to the government for safe storage. You know – just in case.

  • brn

    The future is here?

    Fingerprint biometrics are overrated. I leave my fingerprint everywhere I go. It’s easily stolen. Once stolen, I can’t change it. A password on the other hand, I don’t leave anywhere and is easily changed.

2020 C8 Corvette Isn’t Getting A Manual Because It Wasn’t Worth The Effort

The new 2020 Corvette will not get a manual because not enough people would buy it .

You Can Now Have Amazon Deliver Your Packages Inside Your New Acura RDX

Third-gen RDX owners can now have their Amazon packages delivered inside their vehicles.

A BMW M3 E46 Just Sold For $90,000, Will This Become The New Normal?

The BMW M3 E46 is quickly becoming a modern classic and prices are rising.

Commuter On Death Wish Rides Electric Scooter On Texas Highway!

We’ve seen some pretty stupid things captured on cam, but this one probably ranks among the most unreasonable ever.

Vin Diesel Gifted SpeedKore’s Unique 1650 HP Dodge Charger Tantrum For His Birthday

SpeedKore presented its 1650 hp Dodge Charger Tantrum a few years ago at SEMA.

Hear Akrapovic Work Its Magic On 2020 Toyota Supra’s Soundtrack

Made out of titanium, it is lighter, emits a more evocative sound and probably liberates a few extra ponies as well.

2020 Corvette C8: GM Claims It Has Yet To Test Its Top Speed

GM has said the C8 will hit 60 mph in under 3 seconds in Z51 guise, but its v-max is still unknown.

BMW To Invest More On New Mini Crossovers In A Bid To Regain Market Share

Mini is set to offer more SUVs and two-door hatches .

New Ecurie LM69 Reimagines The Classic Jaguar XJ13 Racer For The Road

The unique Jaguar XJ13 will live again through Ecurie’s new LM69 supercar.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA Is An A-Class On The Inside As Well

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA features the same interior design as the A-Class premium compact hatch and sedan.