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The biometric vehicle access systems global market is predicted to almost double by 2021, according to new research, which highlights the increasing reliance of the security sector on biometrics.
The research, which was carried out by Markets and Markets, revealed that the vehicle access market would rise to $854.8 million by 2021, a 14.06 per cent CAGR rise from its current $442.7 million.
Based on the opinions of suppliers and industry experts including the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) and the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), the research examined the demand trends and production volumes of the global market as regards biometric usage.
Anil K. Jain, a Michigan State University professor with a focus on biometrics, told Biometric Update: "Given the price sensitivity in the automobile sector and long design to manufacturing cycle, it is difficult to adopt the latest biometric technology in the auto sector."
Mr Jain believes that the best method could be to use biometrics capabilities for automobile applications in order to remove the need for a separate biometrics reader or recognition software to be included within the vehicle.
Gartner Research analyst Avivah Litan told the publication that biometric security offered many positives for consumers: "Aside from the convenience biometrics offers consumers, such as the ability to unlock cars by just walking up to them via facial or gait recognition, biometrics also affords much stronger security than do physical car keys or fobs which can be much more easily stolen or replicated as has been proven in the past."
With fingerprint recognition systems still accounting for the largest market share in terms of biometric vehicle access systems, other systems are tipped for increasing growth over the coming few years. Iris recognition systems are predicted to rise in number to meet growing demand for safety features. The Asia-Pacific vehicle market is tipped to account for the biggest slice of the iris recognition system market place by 2025, the report found.
It also suggested that Europe will account for the biggest overall share of the biometric vehicle access system market this year, with many major car manufacturers including Ford, BMW and Mercedes-Benz investing much time and money into the strengthening of their vehicle security.
Another biometric system that has been recently rolled out is BioLock, an electrocardiogram (ECG) biosensor analysis system which allows for the continuous health monitoring and authentication of the vehicle's driver. Released by SoftServe, the system enables communication between ECG biosensors which are embedded into the steering wheel of the vehicles and mobile devices in order to identify and monitor drivers for the duration of time they are on the move. The smart system's main aim is to track the health of the driver and to clamp down on vehicle theft.
Ploughshare has various biometric-based technologies available for license.