Jaguar Land Rover patents facial recognition technology


Motorists could soon unlock the doors of their cars simply by walking up to it and taking a selfie (stock image) 


Motorists could soon unlock the doors of their car simply by walking up to it and taking a selfie.

Jaguar Land Rover is developing technology that uses facial recognition and gait analysis to detect when owners of its vehicles approach, to open the doors for them. 

Details have been revealed in a recently published patent application by Jaguar Land Rover, but it is unclear when the technology might become available.

HOW WOULD IT WORK? 

Two cameras on each side of the vehicle would be angled so the car could spot someone approaching from the front or from behind.

The user of the vehicle must carry out a registration process which requires them to record a still image of their face and a moving image such as a hand gesture or their gait as they approach the vehicle.

The video of a person walking towards the car would then be compared to these original images using gait or movement recognition technology. 

A second picture would be taken when the user was standing next to the car and facial recognition software would compare this to images stored on the car's computer. 

If they match the car would then unlock the doors. 

Cameras mounted under the windows of the doors would capture both video and still images of someone walking and standing by the car, comparing them with those saved on its computer. 

If they match the car will unlock its doors and open them. 

It could save drivers the hassle of having to dig out their key when approaching their car and even make it easier if they are laden down with bags of shopping.

Details of the technology were revealed in a recently published patent application by Jaguar Land Rover. 

It describes how the two cameras on each side of the vehicle would be angled so the car could spot someone approaching from the front or from behind, like if they were walking along a pavement, for example. 

The patent states: 'The user of the vehicle must carry out a registration process which requires them to record a still image of their face and a moving image such as a hand gesture or their gait as they approach the vehicle.'

The video of a person walking towards the car would then be compared to these original images using gait or movement recognition technology. 

A second picture would be taken when the user was standing next to the car and facial recognition software would compare this to images stored on the car's computer. 

If they match the car would then unlock the doors. 

Jaguar Land Rover's patent also describes how the system could work with wireless key fobs to add extra security.


by: dailymail.co.uk