Genesis has officially unveiled its new GV60 electric vehicle. In doing so, the company confirmed many of the rumors that had been circulating about the car’s biometric features over the past few weeks.
Most notably, the Genesis GV60 will indeed have a Fingerprint Authentication System that allows owners to start the car with only a fingerprint recognition scan. The sensor can be used to authorize in-car payments and to facilitate ignition.
The fingerprint sensor will be paired with a Face Connect facial authentication utility. The GV60 will place a Near Infra-Red camera in the B-pillar on the driver’s side, and will initiate a facial recognition scan as soon as the owner touches the electric door handle of the vehicle. The feature can be used to lock and unlock the car (assuming that there is a match), and enables a more personalized driving experience. For example, the car will automatically adjust the seat, the steering wheel, and the mirrors when it recognizes a registered user, and set the infotainment system based on the driver’s preferences.
The Face Connect feature can support two registered faces. Together with the Fingerprint Authentication System, it allows owners to access and drive their car using only their biometric information. The improved Over-the-Air Software update system will deliver updates for key systems like the brakes, suspension, and airbags in addition to the infotainment system, negating the need for a trip to a service center for those more comprehensive upgrades.
The GV60 also features an Advanced Driver Assistance System, and has parts that are made with recycled materials such as plant-based leather. The infotainment system offers support for voice recognition, as well as phone calls, navigation, and other media. The upgraded Digital Key 2 can be shared with as many as three drivers, while the vehicle itself can achieve a maximum range of up to 400km with a single charge.
Genesis did not offer any details about the car’s price, nor its actual release date. The company has previously hinted at fingerprint ignition for the 2022 GV70, while Face Connect has been in the works since 2018.
October 1, 2021 – by Eric Weiss