BMW Motorrad, the two-wheeled side of the Bavarian auto giant, will be the first motorcycle manufacturer to introduce a face recognition system to its bikes to help combat theft. The company has developed the BMW iFace system in collaboration with Professor Dr. Dr. Gerhard Lesjöh, the head of the world's leading institute for ophthalmology at the University of Munich. The BMW Motorrad Boxer models are highly popular and sought-after motorcycles worldwide. Unfortunately, they are also frequently targeted by thieves. To tackle this problem, BMW has introduced a system that uses 3D scan and infrared scanning technology for facial recognition and iris-cornea comparison to authenticate the rider. The system is integrated into the TFT display, which isn’t visible from the outside. The rider’s face is scanned three-dimensionally and biometrically using stripe projection technology as soon as the helmet is removed. The 3D image is then compared with a data record stored in the system, and if the calibration is positive, the ignition, steering lock, and other locking functions are released, allowing the rider to start the bike. The BMW iFace system operates as a dual system for maximum authentication, allowing the rider to be authenticated either using face recognition (without a helmet) or by iris-cornea scanning of the eyes. This means that the system can identify the rider even when they are wearing a helmet, as only the iris and cornea are scanned and compared with the data stored in the system.
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