Delta ID reveals iris for in-car biometrics
06 January 2017 15:22 GMT

Iris scanning firm Delta ID has revealed that its technology powers a new rear view mirror biometric feature introduced by Gentex at this year’s CES show.

The Delta ID and Gentex rearview mirror can scan the iris of the driver upon entering the vehicle and gets ready to drive.

If authorised, the driver will be able to immediately start the vehicle while the vehicle automatically adjusts to personalised in-cabin experience settings in the form of adjusted seats and mirrors, pre-defined music favorites and GPS locations,  etc.

 Delta ID and Gentex have entered into a strategic partnership to bring iris scanning technology to automotive. Gentex’s rearview mirrors will integrate Delta ID’s Active IRIS technology.

Both companies say iris is the right modality for in-car biometric identification and authentication, and rearview mirrors are the right place to integrate iris.  The integrated solution provides a high level of security along with convenience and reliability of use. The companies envision their joint offerings to enable novel use cases in the cars of the future.

“We believe driver identification will play a critical role in car sharing, in-car payment and the autonomous driving space,” said Steve Downing, Senior Vice President at Gentex Corporation. “Delta ID’s proven iris scanning technology combined with Gentex’s display-integrated rearview mirrors will bring fast, reliable and secure iris scanning to build these use cases and enhance the in-cabin experience for the cars of the future.”

In a statement, Delta ID noted that was the first company to bring iris scanning and recognition technology to smartphones in May 2015. Since then the company has launched its ActiveIRIS technology in multiple devices from various OEMs.

 “We believe iris scanner integrated rearview mirrors provide auto drivers with both higher security and convenience of touchless identification and authentication, ” said Salil Prabhakar, president and CEO of Delta ID. “Gentex has been leading the advancements in rearview mirrors in the industry. It has been a privilege to work with Gentex in designing and developing this novel solution that may end up changing the way we interact with our cars forever,” he added.