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Hyundai Unveils Groundbreaking Smart Fingerprint Technology

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Hyundai is rolling out new technology that will allow drivers to unlock and start their vehicles with a fingerprint scan.

These sensors will show up on some 2019 Santa Fe models for the first quarter of 2019, making Hyundai the first automaker in the world to offer smart fingerprint technology in its vehicles.

To enter a vehicle using this technology, a driver will simply touch a scanning sensor on the door handle. Fingerprint information will go to a controller inside, which will unlock the door. To start a vehicle, the driver will place a finger on an ignition sensor.

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Hyundai’s new fingerprint technology will also make it easier for drivers to save customized preferences. At first, it will automatically adjust seating positions, mirror angles, and connected features. More is on the way, too, according to Hyundai officials.

“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 the driver’s preferences,” said Albert Biermann, Hyundai’s head of research and development.

Hyundai says its new technology features plenty of safeguards to reject forged fingerprints. The automaker estimates the system’s odds of mistaking another fingerprint for the driver’s at 1 in 50,000. That’s much more secure than a regular key or a smart key. The technology even features a “dynamic update” system that allows it to continually gather more detailed information about a fingerprint.

According to Hyundai, this new fingerprint technology will come first to “select markets,” but the automaker hasn’t indicated yet where those markets will be.

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