Continental and trinamiX reveal driver identification display to protect against car theft

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Continental and trinamiX have unveiled the Driver Identification Display, a new product to protect against vehicle theft. The smart interior solution features an integrated camera for biometric driver identification.

The Driver Identification Display is claimed to be the world’s first automotive display for a vehicle interior that enables contactless and highly secure authentication while helping to prevent fraud and theft. Similar to facial recognition used on today’s smartphones, the new technology means a vehicle can only be started once the person in the driver’s seat has been authenticated.

The solution also enhances other convenience features such as digital payments, which are processed using the car display for refueling, parking, paying tolls or car rental. The Driver Identification Display can also be utilized to carry out payments for apps or to access digital services.

In addition to being used for convenience or infotainment purposes, the built-in camera monitors the driver’s focus to prevent falling asleep at the wheel, for example. No additional sensors are required, as the camera is integrated into the display.

“The secure identification of vehicle users is an important function for future vehicle generations. Our Driver Identification Display sets new standards in terms of security and comfort,” said Philipp von Hirschheydt, head of the user experience business area at Continental. “Displays are the key interface between driver and vehicle. For the first time, the Driver Identification Display offers three key functions in one package: reliable driver authentication and the option of making secure digital payment transactions via the vehicle display, for example in parking garages, at toll stations or in app stores; the camera, which is installed invisibly in the system, is also used to monitor the driver’s attention, which will be mandatory in Europe in the future – a particularly efficient three-in-one solution.”

The security solution uses integrated facial authentication based on a technology developed and patented by trinamiX. The technology, which combines facial recognition to verify the identity of the user with a new type of liveness detection, can recognize real human skin to prevent system spoofing with photographs or realistic 3D masks of the vehicle’s owner or driver. trinamiX’s Face Authentication has been certified according to the highest biometric security standards.

“Continental and trinamiX share the goal of improving security and comfort for consumers,” said Wilfried Hermes, director of consumer electronics North America and Europe at trinamiX. “As an experienced automotive supplier and pioneer in connected mobility technologies, Continental enables us to develop new applications for trinamiX Face Authentication. Thanks to Continental’s innovative display technology, all of this goes hand in hand with a perfect interior design.”

The display will be presented in Europe for the first time at the trinamiX booth at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2023, which will take place between February 27 and March 2 in Barcelona, Spain.

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