• Camron Davis

Technology experts predict new vehicles will include fingerprint scanning

With the new age of key fobs (Frequency Operated Buttons), it is becoming easier and easier for criminals to access your vehicle without having to possess the key. USA Today reported that "Thieves can buy legitimate devices that amplify or record and replay the fob signal sitting unprotected in a purse, a pocket, on a counter at home or even just copy the code to access the vehicle."

According to USA Today, "Cybersecurity experts recommend that car owners go online and spend a few dollars to buy what’s called a Faraday Cage to shield key fob signals from potential theft."

But what if a new technology rendered fobs useless?

Technology from TV shows and popular films may become a reality in the near future. Seen in the popular Bond film "Tomorrow Never Dies," fingerprint scanning for vehicles is not that far off from happening.

Today technology exists that allows us to access our phones with face and fingerprint scanning, so the next step would be the same technology in everyday vehicles. "Reputed car-makers, namely, Ford, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen are working to incorporate this technology to ensure more comfort and safety to their customers," according to a report on CarTrade.

According to Godfrey Cheng, corporate vice president for Silicon Valley-based Synaptics, "This technology will be used in cars in two to four years... driver identification will be revolutionary."

Cheng states that drivers would be "no longer relying just on a fob. This will be a fob and a fingerprint... We’ll cover touch, sight, hearing and voice. We’ll cover all the senses but taste and smell."

Proctor cars reported that biometric technology uses distinct features such as hand geometry, iris and retina recognition, DNA and palm prints to grant access.