Personalising the Driving Experience with Biometrics
Biometrics could be used to trigger user-based settings, creating a tailored dashboard for an individualised in-vehicle experience.
What could this look like?
The experience could begin with unlocking the vehicle with a smartphone or wearable device, negating the need for a key. Once in, you could ignite the vehicle using biometric sensors located on the steering wheel.
These sensors could then load your personal profile into the vehicle, adjusting the environment to your preference and connecting your devices.
Multiple modals could be at play. Commands can be made using voice recognition and facial or iris recognition facilitated through the rearview mirror. ECG biometrics can be enabled through the steering wheel.
Connection with payments services make refuelling or passing through toll areas seamless, authenticating and storing biometric credentials.
An interesting side effect of embedding biometric integrations into vehicles is the potential for vehicles to monitor and extract vital health data from individuals.
Connected vehicles become health monitors, picking up on changes in physical states, including:
- Heart rate
- Blood pressure
These insights could transform vehicle insurance. With biometric profiles being unique, in particular, an internal and hard-to-replicate modal like ECG, premiums no longer need to rely on predicted behaviours. Individual premiums could be created on health data and fraudulent claims involving other users could be reduced.
Securing the Connected Vehicle
Although the convenience of the connected vehicle is undeniable, consumers are understandably nervous about the impact a hack could have – and with good reason.
Connecting your vehicle to the internet could open the vehicle up to compromise, as with any software, leaving you open to having your data stolen and your personal services accessed.
This is where biometric authentication could come into its own – and specifically, internal modals.
As an internal metric, ECG carries inherent security. It is much more difficult to harvest, spoof or counterfeit an individual’s heart rate pattern.
Liveness detection is also an important differential. With most biometrics operating as a static modal, ECG uses dynamic indicators to confirm liveness.
An interesting application is highlighted by a video capturing a recent relay theft of a vehicle – an ECG authenticated solution could have prevented this from happening. Watch the video on Business Insider