The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe will be offered with a new fingerprint scanner start system.
In addition to the fingerprint scanner start, users will also be able to unlock the 2019 Santa Fe with a fingerprint sensor located on the driver’s door handle.
Hyundai says the new system enables a customized driving environment. When the vehicle detects the driver’s fingerprint, it recognizes their pre-set profile and will automatically adjusts seating positions, connected car features and side-view mirror angles according to that particular individual.
The technology will be further developed to allow the driver profile to record temperature, steering wheel position, and “many other features,” for further personalization. Hyundai plans to expand it across its range, with Hyundai research and development boss Albert Biermann saying the technology will “ultimately offer quality driving experience to each and every Hyundai customer.”
This technology does present some security risks, but Hyundai says it’s addressed them. The fingerprint data is encrypted and the scanner has capacitance that can detect changes in electricity level in a fingertip, preventing “forgeries and faked fingerprints.” The company also says the technology’s chance of misrecognizing another person’s finger print as the driver’s is only 1 in 50,000, making it more secure than key fobs or smart keys.
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A photo showing the fingerprint scanner start system also shows the Santa Fe with Hyundai’s new digital dash display, which will be offered on the SUV for the 2019 model year. The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe will go on sale in the first quarter of next year, the automaker says.
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