Face ID is made for Apple Car (updated)

Thoughts on Apple Car, Part 87

Tomorrow, Apple will innovate in a forward thinking way: The new iPhone X does not come with a new Face ID detecting sensor just for the phone and the sake of replacing Touch ID – instead, this move is a classic way of introducing new technology in a current product that will be needed for a future product.

Because touch will not play as crucial a role with autonomous cars as it did with smartphones, Apple needs something else to identify you in an individual way – for access, payments, etc.

For Apple Car to open the door for you when you come close, it needs Face ID

Compare the interface design of Tesla (that uses a combination of proximity sensors in your key and the presence of your body) to Face ID.

The latter will only let you enter the car, not anybody who carries your key.

This summer, everyone was wondering about the array of sensors on Apple‘s alleged „mapping“ vehicles:

The best way to hide in plain sight is to confuse people. Maybe some of those sensors are actually tested for future face recognition purposes?

Compare that to the breakdown of iPhone X‘s sensor setup for Face ID:

The top of iPhone X can sure be the top of Apple Car‘s doors.

That’s why it’s so important to understand this year’s iPhone improvements not just as add-ons to an existing successful product line, but as a basic interface feature of a future product.


UPDATE

Russell Brandom at The Verge had a similar thought about Face ID:

„You could also imagine it as next year’s delightful product breakthrough, integrated into Apple Stores or Apple Cars as a way of carrying over logins no matter who walks in.“
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