Taiwan’s Egis Technology announced it has begun supplying its fingerprint sensor systems to two leading South Korean automakers for fitment in their high-margin vehicles.

Egis, described as one of the world’s largest fingerprint sensor technology companies, has been working with Hyundai Motor and Kia Corporation for two years on developing systems for their vehicles.

Its technology will appear first in Hyundai’s Genesis line and in the Kia K9 flagship sedan.

Egis supplies mainly fingerprint sensors to smartphone manufacturers including Samsung Electronics and Oppo Mobile Telecommunications, and has been keen to expand into the automotive industry.

Its automotive fingerprint sensors replace passwords as a means of unlocking and activating vehicles, as well as to operate the Kia Pay system. The system also memorises and automatically activates personal settings in a car, such as seat position, rear-view mirrors, internal temperature and dashboard settings.

The company said it shipped its first sensors to Kia for mass production in May 2021.

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