We are discussing technologies at Autoportal for long now. Every-now-and-then a unique and relevant technology is taking shape to change the future of automobiles. One such technology on the verge of launch is the Iris scanner that may soon replace the ignition on/off switches in the cars. And if a company called EyeLock is to be believed, they are developing such a system.
EyeLock, a New York company that manufactures biometric equipment, is developing a camera-based system that identifies drivers through a scanner installed in visors or rear-view mirrors. As soon as you look at the infrared scanner, the algorithm collects and interprets 240 unique properties found in the iris of each human eye. Collectively, those characteristics serve as a sophisticated fingerprint.
And this is why it can be used as an ignition starter. Once a scan is matched to a driver's iris template, the vehicle can be started and the journey can begin. Looking at the ways manufacturer are looking to personalize your car, EyeLock's iris-identification system may be one of the first examples to reach car owners."
"If a vehicle can definitively identify a car's owner before it allows entry and operation, it removes the possibility of theft," said Karl Brauer, senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book. "The price of biometric technology is dropping, as seen by its recent arrival in the cell-phone market. Automobiles, along with home security systems, are the next logical application of this technology."
Anthony Antolino, Chief marketing and business development officer, confirms that the company is under contract with multiple OEMs to provide this equipment. We believe that Iris detection system can be come as handy to avoid theft in cars!