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3D data, biometric “pleasure sensing”, advanced touchscreens coming to cars

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Automakers are devoting more funds and cabin space to biometrics.

According to an article submitted by the company in the trade publication EETimes, 3D time-of-flight (ToF) cameras are becoming popular. They can be integrated into vehicles for several purposes, including private data access, driver monitoring, and advanced airbags.

ToF cameras use infrared light to create a 2D grayscale image and then, reading the distance information in each pixel, a 3D version.

ToF technologies have been widely used for biometric identification, in facial recognition and fingerprint applications.

The EETimes article, written by Infineon’s senior director of product marketing, suggests that the possibilities of 3D sensing go beyond biometrics and motion tracking. The executive says the sensing can also be used for occupant detection and classification, including height and weight estimates.

“ToF also offers brand new practical use cases,” according to the article. It “can track the position of the passenger’s spine, providing the ability to recommend a healthier seating position, activate the massage seat, or provide fitness guidance to relax the back during a break during a long way”.

Infineon is working on these technologies through partnerships with Precise Biometrics and with Idex Biometrics.

Abarth drivers face biometrics for “pleasure detection”

Automaker Abarth is testing a biometric code capable of noting whether drivers and passengers are having fun, reports trade publication autoevolution.

The trials were carried out in collaboration with Loughborough University. Dale Esliger tested the technology with volunteers at Mallory Park Racecourse in the UK.

During the experiment, participants sat in the passenger seat next to a professional driver driving an Abarth F595, 595 Esseesse and 595 Competizione.

According to the test results, the most important feeling during a hot ride was happiness, felt by drivers (31.8%) and passengers (35.4%). Apparent emotion captured via the biometric cameras was paired with heart rate captured using a Polar H10 and an Empatica E4 sensor on the wrist.

It remains to be determined whether the technology will be tested further. Biometric update contacted Abarth to inquire about the next steps for this technology.

Geely unveils new brand of electric vehicles with voice and facial biometrics

A new model of electric vehicle manufactured by Zeekr with multimodal biometrics has been spotted by Le Guide de l’auto. Geely, owner of the brand, says Zeekrs will not leave China.

Zeekr released its first vehicle, a wagon called the 001, last year. The brand unveils a minivan, the 009. The vehicle would offer an extended range of 702 or 822 km (436 to 511 miles) per charge, depending on the battery chosen, 116 kWh or 140 kWh.

The van includes at least 20 cameras or sensors and supports facial and voice recognition through a dedicated artificial intelligence assistant. The vehicle also features a 15.6-inch (40 cm) entertainment screen and massaging second-row captain’s chairs.

Goodix unveils touchscreen technology with biometrics for cars

Fingerprint sensor and touchscreen hardware maker Goodix has announced plans to become more aggressive in the automotive market.

Writing in a blog post, the company unveiled a unique new touchscreen chip created for use in vehicles.

The GA687X chip supports displays ranging from 12.3 to 27 inches (31 to 69 cm) and is designed to enable a more immersive experience.

The 250Hz chip has a minimum response of 10 milliseconds to minimize latency.

The component also includes Goodix proprietary anti-interference technology to achieve high electromagnetic magnetic compatibility performance.

The new solution comes two years after Goodix completed the acquisition of Dream Chip aimed at boosting the production of embedded microprocessors for autonomous vehicles.

More recently, the company has incorporated some of its biometric fingerprint sensors into Xiaomi’s flagship phones.

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