The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity in biometric vehicle access systems is driven by increased demand for convenience and security, advancements in biometric technology, government regulations, and competition from other automotive manufacturers. Consumers seek safer ways to unlock and start vehicles, while biometric technology ensures accuracy, reliability, and security. Governments also require vehicles with safety features. The latest biometric vehicle access technologies include facial recognition, fingerprint recognition, and voice recognition. Facial recognition uses cameras to scan a driver’s face and compare it to a stored image, granting access if the two images match. Fingerprint recognition uses sensors to scan a driver’s fingerprints and compare them to a stored database. Voice recognition uses microphones to capture a driver’s voice and compare it to a stored voice print, granting access if the two prints match. Multimodal biometrics combines two or more biometric technologies for more secure and reliable vehicle access. In the last three years alone, there have been over 1.7 million patents filed and granted in the automotive industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Cybersecurity in automotive: biometric vehicle access. Buy the report here.
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over one million patents to analyze innovation intensity for the automotive industry, there are 300+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Biometric vehicle access is a key innovation area in cybersecurity
Biometric vehicle access refers to the use of biometric authentication methods, such as fingerprint recognition or facial recognition, to grant access to vehicles. It eliminates the need for traditional keys or keyless entry systems, and instead, relies on unique physiological or behavioral characteristics of an individual to verify their identity and provide access to the vehicle. This technology increases security and convenience by preventing unauthorized access and eliminating the risk of lost or stolen keys.
GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 30+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established automotive companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of biometric vehicle access.
Key players in biometric vehicle access – a disruptive innovation in the automotive industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to biometric vehicle access
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Tokai Rika, a global leader in the automotive industry, is one of the leading patent filers in biometric vehicle access. The company has filed a patent for a system using driver's facial recognition for biometric vehicle access. Some other key patent filers in the space include Denso and Sumitomo Electric Industries.
In terms of application diversity, Nissan Motor leads the pack, while Hitachi and Abus Security Centre stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Global Mobility Service held the top position, followed by Brose Fahrzeugteile and Abus Security Centre.
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