Driver Identification Display protects against car theft

Driver Identification Display protects against car theft

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

Jointly developed by Continental and biometric solutions provider Trinamix, the Driver Identification Display combines camera and display technology. The system enables contactless, highly secure authentication and is designed to protect against deception and theft.

A function that many users are already familiar with through facial recognition on their smartphone is making its way into the vehicle. This means that the vehicle can only be started after the person in the driver’s seat has been successfully authenticated. The aim of the technology is to prevent car theft. In addition, the developers promise an increase in convenience for many applications, such as digital payments via the car display for refuelling, parking or tolls, as well as for car rental. Furthermore, the technology can be used for payments in app stores or for accessing digital services. In addition, the system’s built-in camera is used to monitor the driver: if the driver’s attention level drops, for example due to overtiredness or distraction at the wheel, the system can issue a corresponding warning message. The Driver Identification Display from Continental and Trinamix does not require any other sensors for this purpose. The camera is seamlessly integrated into the display; it is invisible to the driver.

“The secure identification of vehicle users is an important function for future vehicle generations. Our driver identification display sets new standards in terms of safety and comfort,” says Philipp von Hirschheydt, head of the User Experience business unit at Continental. “Displays represent an important interface between the driver and the vehicle. For the first time, the Driver Identification Display offers three crucial functions in one package: reliable authentication of the user and the possibility to make secure digital payments via the vehicle display, for example in car parks, at toll stations or in app stores. The camera invisibly installed in the system is also used for monitoring the driver’s attention, which will be mandatory in Europe in the future – a particularly efficient three-in-one solution.”

No chance for deception

The integrated facial authentication is based on a technology developed and patented by Trinamix. Here, the company combines facial recognition to verify the identity of the user with a new type of life recognition: by recognising human skin, the system prevents deception by, for example, photographs or realistic three-dimensional masks of the legitimate driver. Such approaches have been successfully used in the past to trick biometric security devices. Trinamix Face Authentication has been certified according to the highest biometric security standards. 

Trinamix GmbH develops biometrics and mobile spectroscopy solutions. These are used in consumer electronics as well as in industry. The company’s products enable humans and machines to capture and understand the world.

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