Jaguar Land Rovers of the future could open their doors through facial recognition going by recent patent filing by the British-based company. The new technology will use facial recognition and gait analysis to unlock the car's door.
The company has revealed the details of the new technology in a recently published patent application. As per the technical details, two cameras would be placed on each side of the car and would ‘see' faces approaching. The car doors will open hands-free when it recognises one that is stored in its memory.
As per the patent filed, it states that the user of the vehicle must carry out a registration process which requires then to record a still image of their face and a moving image such as a hand gesture or their gait as they approach the vehicle.
It added that the vehicle doors may be controlled independently of one another or may be controlled as a single unit. The moving image may be a gesture like a hand wave, a salute or another hand signal which the user makes on approaching the vehicle.
JLR is planning to do away with the key fob and avoid the hassle of carrying car keys. At the same time the technology uses gait analysis which ensures that thieves could not fool the system by holding up pictures of the user's or owner's face they might have printed it.
The company assured that in case the vehicle is sold, the stored image can be removed and new authorised image identifiers will be stored instead.
The technology does come with its own challenges which JLR is working on to simplify it. The company said that it is an ongoing challenge of the automotive industry to improve vehicle functionality and design to further enhance the sophisticated feel of vehicles without additional cost.
It further added that in particular, vehicle personalisation, where vehicle functions and features can be aligned with specific user requirements is an increasingly common aim.
Also, the company said that as far as door entry is concerned, such systems must be robust against any misuse, for example, theft or loss of a key-fob so that the vehicle security is maintained.