Access systems tomorrow will do more than just lock and unlock the vehicle, believes Continental. The supplier has combined its keyless entry and start system PASE with biometric elements – perhaps a reaction to numerous cases of vehicle theft that have been possible through a conceptual flaw in earlier systems (not only from this vendor). Besides requesting the key to be inside the vehicle, the new systems are equipped with a finger print sensor; before the driver can start the engine, he now must deliver a finger print to the system. But the fingerprint sensor is not the only biometric system Continental hopes to implant into future vehicles: At the CES, the company also plans to demo a camera-based face recognition feature that can be used to personalize vehicle settings like seat and mirror position, music selection, air con settings and preferred navigation routes. Through wireless links – Bluetooth LE or Low Frequency – the biometrics can be integrated into any smart system in the car.
More and more applications that used to reside in the head unit are increasingly moved over to the cloud, where they are processed before being displayed on a powerful browser. This ensures that the system is always up-to-date and that new functions can be added at any time. To take this trend into account (and actually to support it), Continental has developed a “cloud terminal” that provides the logical link between cloud and vehicle. It uses HTML5 technology to display the cloud applications. This does not only enable platform-independent development of applications, but also allows data to be displayed on different displays with different resolutions. As a result, vehicle manufacturers can roll out thei applications across different models and vehicle classes.