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Continental Introduces Biometrics to Vehicles at CES 2017

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Dec. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- There is much more to innovative access systems than simply unlocking car doors or starting the engine. Continental will demonstrate the intelligence of today's solutions at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. Through the combination of the keyless entry and start system PASE (Passive Start and Entry) and biometric elements, the international technology company is opening up new possibilities in the field of vehicle personalization and authentication.

"The integration of biometric elements brings our expertise in systems integration to the forefront, as we are linking our access control solution with other intelligent systems in vehicles to ensure increased comfort and safety for all passengers," said Michael Crane, head of Continental's Body & Security business unit, North America. "In addition, the access systems allow us to only control specific components as needed. This means that components are not required to operate continuously, which saves energy and increases efficiency."

Fingerprint-controlled engine start and authentic personalizationDepending on the system configuration, automotive manufacturers can introduce another level of security to their vehicles using biometrics. Introducing a biometric element could mean, for example, that the presence of a valid key inside the vehicle is no longer enough to start the engine as the driver is also required to provide authentication using a fingerprint sensor. This two-fold authentication process significantly increases the vehicle's anti-theft protection measures.

Biometric elements also allow drivers to personalize their vehicles. The system is connected to an interior camera, which recognizes the driver's face and automatically personalizes vehicle settings, such as seat and mirror position, music, temperature and navigation for the driver. Continental's Intelligent Glass can also be integrated, which allows drivers to gradually darken almost all windows of the vehicle and lightens them automatically when the driver approaches.

It is possible to integrate the biometric system in all intelligent systems, regardless of the access technology used in the vehicle (Bluetooth® Low Energy or low frequency).

Continental at CES
Continental will outline its latest developments in digital mobility and automated driving during CES 2017 Media Days on January 4, from 10 – 10:45 a.m. Click here for press conference details. 

Also, visit Continental any day during CES, Thursday, January 5 through Sunday, January 8, at North Hall Booth #3128. Continental will also showcase its latest automotive innovations and technologies in a private exhibit at the Renaissance Hotel. An invitation only media event has been scheduled on January 5. Please contact Mary Arraf for details.

Check out Continental CES 2017 highlights on Twitter: #ContinentalCES

Continental develops intelligent technologies for transporting people and their goods. As a reliable partner, the international automotive supplier, tire manufacturer, and industrial partner provides sustainable, safe, comfortable, individual, and affordable solutions. In 2015, the corporation generated sales of €39.2 billion with its five divisions, Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tires, and ContiTech. Continental currently employs more than 218,000 people in 55 countries.

Information management in and beyond the vehicle is at the very heart of the Interior division. The product portfolio for different types of vehicles includes: instrument clusters, multifunctional and head-up displays, control units, access control and tire-information systems, radios, infotainment systems, input devices, control panels, climate control units, software, cockpits as well as services and solutions for telematics and Intelligent Transportation Systems. The Interior division employs more than 40,000 people worldwide and generated sales of approximately €8.2 billion in 2015.

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