“…biometric scans are used for authentication just before the test is taken, helping to ensure that applicants aren’t getting other drivers to take the test for them.”
Safran Identity & Security subsidiary Smart Chip has worked with Punjabi authorities to establish a pioneering, world-first project: A completely automated driving test for license issuance.
Those applying for a driver license simply drive around a testing track surrounded with cameras, following the designated course. The cameras track the car’s motion and speed, analyzing it against the indicated path and tracking any errors. Those who pass the test get their licenses within 60 minutes of finishing.
If it sounds a bit implausible in its automation, there are some extra steps and safeguards. Applicants need to register at the testing center, paying an online fee and also scanning their fingerprints. Those biometric scans are used for authentication just before the test is taken, helping to ensure that applicants aren’t getting other drivers to take the test for them.
With biometric authentication becoming increasingly popular and commonplace in India thanks in large part to the country’s ambitious Aadhaar national ID program, this registration system may be the testing process’ least striking aspect; of course, many people around the world would be surprised by the automation of the test itself.
November 2, 2016 – by Alex Perala