Hyundai Motor Company announced the world’s first smart fingerprint technology that allows drivers to unlock doors as well as start the vehicle. The first vehicle to come incorporated with the technology is likely to be the upcoming 2019 Santa Fe that is expected to be launched in selected markets in the first quarter of 2019.
Making the announcement, Albert Biermann, President and Head of Research & Development Division of the Hyundai Motor Company said, “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. This will ultimately offer quality driving experience to each and every Hyundai customer.”
Talking about the technology, in order to unlock the vehicle the driver need to place a finger on the sensor located on the door handle. The encrypted fingerprint information will be identified and delivered to the fingerprint controller inside the vehicle. Equipped with the fingerprint scanning sensor, the driver can also easily start the vehicle by touching the ignition. Other than this, the technology also provides a customized driving environment. Matching information of driver preference with fingerprint data, the vehicle automatically adjusts seating positions, connected car features, and side-view mirror angles according to the driver.
The Korean automaker also addressed the security issues on the smart fingerprint technology. The fingerprint technology efficiently prevents forgeries and faked fingerprints with capacitance recognition, which detects differentials in the electricity level in various parts of the fingertip. Also, including smart keys, the chance of mis- recognizing other person’s fingerprint as the driver’s is only 1 in 50,000, as the technology is five times more effective than conventional vehicle keys. Apart from these, the fingerprint system can continually improve its success rate through real- time learning of fingerprints supported by ‘dynamic update’ system. Initially, Hyundai will apply the fingerprint technology in select markets and gradually expand to the other markets. The automaker also plans to continue to implement other customizable technologies to vehicle lineup, to strengthen technological leadership in the future mobility market.
Recently, Hyundai Motor India Ltd has announced price hike of up to Rs 30,000 on its vehicle range in the country, effective from January 2019. The rise in input costs has led the manufacturer to go for this price hike in the country. Hyundai sells a wide range of models in the country ranging from the Santro hatchback to the Tuscon SUV which is available from a price range of Rs 3.89 lakh and Rs 26.84 lakh (all prices ex- showroom Delhi). Hyundai’s India portfolio currently consists of the Eon, Santro, Grand i10, Xcent, i20, i20 Active, Verna, Elantra, Creta and Tucson.
The rising cost of automotive commodities like steel, aluminium, and rising costs of logistics have cumulatively put an economic burden on manufacturers that they try to offset at year end by passing it onto customers incrementally. Other than these, the falling value of the rupee and increase in fuel prices can also be reasoned for the rise in prices along with the rising logistics costs. The increase in commodity prices and foreign exchange rates has led to the hike in prices of products from other leading manufacturers like Maruti Suzuki, Toyota Kirloskar, BMW, Renault and Isuzu in the Indian market. Though Hyundai has announced the price hike but the model wise hike has not been announced yet by the automaker and is expected in January 2019 itself. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates from Hyundai India.