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Automakers Look to Incorporate Fingerprint Access to Cars

Automakers Look to Incorporate Fingerprint Access to Cars

Automakers and insurance companies in Silicon Valley are planning to introduce retina scans, facial recognition, and fingerprint access for personal vehicles in two years.

Key fobs are becoming less safe for drivers. Devices used by thieves record and playback signals sent by key fobs to lock and unlock cars. These tools are said to be easy to obtain, and once a thief has recorded the signal, unlocking and starting the car is very easy.

Synaptics, a company at the forefront of touchscreen technology in cars, states that fingerprint-based automotive solutions can be used for either driver or passenger identification and authentication. This can be done by seamlessly integrating the sensor into various vehicle controls, such as in the steering wheel, start button, or infotainment screen.

“Fingerprint sensors can also act as navigation devices to control menus on a heads-up display or instrument cluster.” According to the company.

Synaptics also expresses benefits like geofencing and time-based access to cars using biometric access.

Fingerprint access will enable vehicles to identify authorized owners and tailor their stored seat position and music preferences. It will also enable parental control modes that will be able to restrict a car's performance envelope or the times of day that a particular user can drive the car.

Valet parking will eventually be hassle-free with the incorporation of fingerprint scanners to automobiles for both drivers and customers.

The key fob will be paired with biometric access in order to solve problems for drivers in the future.

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The Seven Safest Cars on the Road

The Seven Safest Cars on the Road

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has compared top safety ratings of the new cars being distributed to dealerships across the United States and updated ratings for vehicles from 2018.

The IIHS indicates which vehicles are best for avoiding a crash and also conducts crash tests to measure how well a vehicle protects its occupants in the event of an accident.

In order to score a "top safety pick" rating, cars must do well in front, side and rollover crash tests. If vehicles have effective crash avoidance equipment and headlights, the institute awards them with its "highest top safety pick plus" ranking.

After the IIHS established a correlation between good headlights and avoiding accidents, the ranking of headlights as a crucial factor in crash avoidance has been included in the report in recent years.

Below are seven of the "top safety pick" and "top safety pick plus" vehicles:

2018 Hyundai Kona

Hyundai’s Kona moved up to top ratings by responding to a problem in the IIHS tests. Headlights on the 2018 Kona initially were rated poor, then Hyundai switched to better headlights that limited glare to oncoming cars. The Kona is now rated a top safety pick plus.

2018 Nissan Kicks

The Kicks earned strong crash-test results and a superior rating on its collision-avoidance system. The headlights on its most expensive versions earned an acceptable rating.

2018 Nissan Sentra

The Sentra also qualifies as a top safety pick. It features headlights and a collision avoidance system like those on the Nissan Kicks.

2019 Honda Insight

Discontinued by Honda after 2014, it is back as a 2019 model that earns a top safety pick plus rating. The collision avoidance system and headlights that figure in this rating are standard equipment, unlike other vehicles.

2019 Honda Pilot

The Pilot, updated for 2019, has standard top-rated headlights and collision avoidance system. It also earns a top safety pick plus rating.

2019 Acura RDX

Redesigned for 2019, the RDX earned a top safety pick plus rating. Due to its adept handling, comfortable seats and plethora of tech features, the compact SUV wins praise from reviewers

2019 Toyota Avalon

The Avalon, completely redesigned for 2019, earned a top safety pick plus rating. Reviewers at U.S. News rated the Avalon as the top large car due to its upscale interior, smooth ride and driver-assistance features like its front-crash avoidance functionality.

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The Eight Best Vehicles for Car Seats

The Eight Best Vehicles for Car Seats

A recent survey published by revealed which automobiles earned a perfect score on the website’s Car Seat Safety Checks test.

Vehicles were tested by hands-on experts who evaluated each car’s latch system and overall ease of use. An infant seat, rear-facing convertible seat, forward-facing convertible seat, and booster seats were all installed in the cars and given a grade ranging from A through F, evaluating how it fits in with 2018 and 2019 car models.

"Parents often spend a lot of time determining the right car seat for their children but overlook how that seat will actually fit in their car,” said editor-in-chief, Jennifer Newman.

Newman is also a certified child passenger safety technician. She noted that out of 85 vehicles tested this year, only 9 percent earned perfect scores.

This year, vehicles from six different brands earned perfect scores. Toyota earned three perfect scores with its Camry, 4Runner and Lexus ES 350 models.

Below are the eight cars that earned perfect scores in the annual Car Seat Safety Check test.

2018 Genesis G90

Latch anchors have easy access to the large backseats.

2018 Hyundai Sonata

“Roomy” back seats according to

 2019 Jeep Cherokee

Rear-facing infant and convertible car seats fit well in 40.3 inches of legroom.

 2019 Lexus ES 350

The 2019 version of ES 350 earned an A for booster seat fit, compared to the 2017 ES 350's C grade.

2018 Lincoln Continental said car seats "fit like a dream" in this Lincoln.

2018 Subaru Impreza

36.5 inches of legroom in the back seat even though it is a compact car.

 2018 Toyota Camry

"Easy-access lower latch anchors" that make a difference in car seat installations, according to

2018 Toyota 4Runner

Spacious interior makes it optimal for all car seat accommodations.

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