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FogHorn teams with Porsche for access technology

By Simon Warburton | 5 August 2019

Computing software developer, FogHorn has announced its completion of Program 6 of Startup Autobahn, the largest European innovation platform and accelerator connecting leading automotive organisations with promising start-ups.

FogHorn partnered with sports car manufacturer, Porsche during the 100-day challenge to develop a prototype of more secure means for drivers to access vehicles by leveraging real-time video recognition with multi-factor authentication (MFA) measures.

During the Startup Autobahn in Stuttgart, Germany challenge, Porsche sought to enhance the driver experience, while increasing vehicle security. Drivers can enter their vehicle with real-time face detection and infrared video processing at the edge coupled with MFA via a device, such as a personal phone, without the need for a key fob.

By leveraging edge computing, connectivity to the cloud or a network is not necessary for the driver to access the vehicle. This means a pre-registered driver need only walk towards the car for the doors to unlock and resolves safeguarding issues of key fobs being scanned by car thieves.

"During this 100-day challenge we partnered with FogHorn to evaluate their capabilities of solving a persistent challenge in the driver experience of easier access to their vehicle seamlessly – without compromising on security," said Porsche IT projects manager and prototyper, Matthias Hub.