Chinese house-share firm to use face recognition
06 December 2017 16:32 GMT

A Chinese firm that emulates the home-sharing app Airbnb, called Xaiozhu, has revealed plans to use Face ID to verify guests’ identity.

Xaiozhu will start using ‘face ID’ locks by April 2018, CEO Kelvin Chen told the South China Morning Post.

If it works, it could be hugely useful for those who own and visit the company’s 200,000 listings in China – even inching it, in convenience, ahead of American rival Airbnb.

The reason such a leap forward is possible is a lack of regulation, says Chen.

“China has less cultural, customs or legal barriers when it comes to a sharing economy,” he explains. This is allowing Xaiozhu to move quickly in embracing new technologies.