In The Future You'll Use Your Face To Unlock Your Car

With Jaguar Land Rover filing a patent for facial recognition-based keyless entry, it seems the days of the key fob could be numbered
In The Future You'll Use Your Face To Unlock Your Car

Jaguar Land Rovers of the future could unlock their doors via facial recognition, if a patent the company has filed is anything to go by.

According to the technical details of the patent, two cameras would be placed on each side of the car and would ‘see’ faces approaching. Once it recognises one that’s stored in its memory, the doors would unlock hands-free.

In The Future You'll Use Your Face To Unlock Your Car

The process would need to involve taking head-shots specifically to be stored in the car’s memory, which you can imagine might raise privacy questions (as always). If hackers could extract the photos they would potentially have an avenue to finding out the owners’ identities.

The idea is presumably to make it easier to unlock the car when returning with arms full of shopping or carrying kids, plus saving owners the need to rummage around in pockets or bags.

In The Future You'll Use Your Face To Unlock Your Car

But it does mean that if you get punched in the face, start wearing glasses or something else happens to change your look above the neck, you might find it tricky to get in. We can’t help but think how much cost a system like this would add to a car, either.

Elsewhere in the patent is a hint that door handles may be done away with altogether, with the doors opened by gesture control. Given Jaguar Land Rover’s chequered history with reliable electronics, we’re reserving judgement…



This could be problematic if you, for example, get a pie in your face…

11/21/2016 - 12:36 |
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Linus Sebastian

In reply to by RoyP


11/21/2016 - 12:53 |
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In reply to by RoyP

Would be a problem for Alex too if he forgot which Miata face unlocks the car.

11/21/2016 - 14:39 |
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My car will call the police and try to escape when it sees my face :(

11/21/2016 - 12:37 |
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iCypher(Joel Chan)

What am I going to do tomorrow? What, smash my head into the door just to get it to unlock?!

11/21/2016 - 12:39 |
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So all you need to do if you want a supercar, is encourage your twin brother/sister/helicopter to sell their house and buy a supercar for themselves only

11/21/2016 - 12:40 |
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I can see a problem with this for petrolheads:
Parks car
Walks away
Looks back at car
car unlocks

11/21/2016 - 12:41 |
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And it’s as Jaguar, so you WILL look back

11/21/2016 - 13:22 |
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Exactly, I look back at my car at least a couple of times before walking off.

11/22/2016 - 09:05 |
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DIY Or Die

So I’ll just make a photo of the owner…

11/21/2016 - 12:44 |
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Yup. It’s idiotic

11/21/2016 - 15:28 |
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the more I read about new cars the more I want an old one.

11/21/2016 - 13:02 |
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Muggers using your mug to mug you

11/21/2016 - 13:12 |
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Alien OrSutin

Easy steps to steal a supercar. Get a screenshot of their face from their youtube vlogs (all supercar owners make them now, don’t they?). Print it out at 1:1 size. Walk towards their car with photo in front of your face. Done!

11/21/2016 - 13:14 |
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Easy steal achievement right there

11/22/2016 - 08:25 |
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nobody 1

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11/21/2016 - 13:15 |
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