German automotive firm Continental plans to demonstrate biometric entry systems for its cars at an upcoming trade show.The firm plans a combination of the keyless entry and start system PASE (Passive Start and Entry) with biometric elements.The tech opens up “new possibilities in the field of vehicle personalization and authentication.””The integration of biometric elements brings our expertise in system integration to the fore, as we are linking our access control solution with other intelligent systems in vehicles to ensure increased comfort and safety for all passengers,” said Andreas Wolf, head of Continental's Body & Security business unit, reports Automotive World.”In addition, the access system functions almost like a doorman, allowing us to control specific components as and when they are needed. This means that components are not required to operate continuously, which saves energy and increases efficiency.”Introducing a biometric element could mean, for example, that the presence of a valid key inside the vehicle is no longer enough to start the engine as the driver is also required to provide authentication using a fingerprint sensor. This two-fold authentication process significantly increases the vehicle's anti-theft protection measures.Biometric elements also allow drivers to personalize their vehicles. The system is connected to an interior camera, which recognizes the driver's face and automatically personalizes vehicle settings, such as seat and mirror position, music, temperature, and navigation, for the driver in question. Continental's Intelligent Glass can also be integrated, which allows drivers to gradually darken almost all windows of the vehicle and lightens them again automatically when the driver approaches.