Gentex brings iris scanning to autonomous car
21 December 2018 14:47 GMT

Gentex has provided its biometric iris-scanning system for occupant recognition, for a small autonomous car developed by Rinspeed.

At CES, Rinspeed is demonstrating a downsized Snap offshoot dubbed microSNAP, a “last mile” vehicle designed for commuting and/or localized, just-in-time delivery.

For microSNAP, Gentex provided its biometric iris-scanning system for occupant recognition, an interior cabin monitoring system, and dimmable glass window elements.

Gentex’s iris-scanning system consists of a small module housing near-infrared emitters, an iris-scanning camera, and system-level intelligence. It would serve to authenticate microSNAP passengers, authorize vehicle usage, track and assign ride payment, and deliver customized security, comfort, and convenience features.

It would also sanction safe, secure access to a host of cloud-based, connected vehicle services.Gentex’s future cabin monitoring system would consist of a camera and environmental sensors that could monitor passenger activity and well-being along with vehicle hygiene and air quality.

System intelligence would alter vehicle operation and send alerts and notifications according to detected in-vehicle events. It could help ensure that passengers were properly restrained, that they exited the vehicle at their designated location, that they didn’t smoke in or vandalize the vehicle, and that they didn’t leave behind any belongings.

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