BMW Motorrad presents the world’s first face and eye recognition system that provides the highest level of comfort and theft protection for future BMW motorcycles. BMW iFace was developed in cooperation with Professor Dr. Dr. Gerhard Lesjöh, head of the world’s leading institute for ophthalmology at the University of Munich. Created for BMW Motorrad Boxer models, the system offers facial recognition of the rider’s face and also an iris-cornea comparison of the eyes for definite identification.
With the help of the latest 3D technology, face recognition is integrated into the ultra-modern BMW Motorrad TFT display, which is not visible from the outside. With the helmet removed, the face is scanned three-dimensionally and biometrically. This three-dimensional image is compared with a data record stored in the system. If the calibration is positive, the ignition, steering lock and other locking functions are released and the rider can start the motorcycle. Since the 3D scan works with infrared scanning, this type of face recognition also works in the dark.
BMW iFace can authenticate the rider using face recognition (without helmet) or by iris-cornea scanning of the eyes. This type of authentication enables the system to identify the rider even with the helmet on, as only the iris and cornea are scanned and compared with the data stored in the system. Infrared technology ensures functional reliability even in absolute darkness. A special polarization filter allows the scanning process even through heavily tinted and even mirrored visors, different types of glasses and contact lenses.
In case of attempted theft, BMW iFace communicates with the eCall electronic emergency service. The BMW Motorrad Call Centre receives a corresponding message about the attempted theft via a special code, and the scan data (face or eye scan) and the current geographical position data are transmitted in parallel to the international central database of the Federal Police authorities. If corresponding data material is discovered there, the search for the person concerned can be started. If no suitable data is available, the transmitted scan data will be stored in this database for possible use at a later date.
BMW iFace will be initially used on the BMW Motorrad Boxer models.
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