Mercedes Introducing Fingerprint Scanning Next Spring

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
mercedes introducing fingerprint scanning next spring

Starting in 2022, Mercedes-Benz will be launching new services allowing customers to use fingerprint scans to verify purchases from inside their vehicle. While this makes it sound as though the feature will be limited to feeding the meter, fast food, gasoline, and the occasional tech-savvy prostitute, parent company Daimler said it was an important step forward for its MBUX multimedia interface and the general trajectory for luxury vehicles as a whole.

Announced earlier in November, we have only just been made aware of the program (h/t Automotive News) due to the initial focus on Europe. Having recently partnered with Visa, Daimler Mobility has opted to test the feature on its home market with the United Kingdom being the first English-speaking nation to see if being fingerprinted by your car is that much better than being fingerprinted by your phone.

From Daimler:

From spring 2022 onwards, Mercedes-Benz customers in the UK and Germany will be able to make payments using a fingerprint sensor in the car, with other European markets to follow. Purchases can then be made directly through the car’s head unit, or MBUX. The solution is anticipated to be available in other markets globally at a later stage.

In-car commerce has become an integral aspect of the luxury customer experience. For example, Daimler Mobility’s global payment platform called Mercedes pay enables customers to buy goods and services directly in their car, including Mercedes me services, as well as for other use cases such as fuelling [sic] and parking.

“Mercedes pay is our competence centre for in-car payment, through which we offer our customers worldwide digital services seamlessly integrated within the Mercedes-Benz ecosystem,” explained Daimler Mobility CEO Franz Reiner. “In partnership with Visa, Daimler will offer native in-car payments that meets the requirements of two-factor authentication in a secure and user-friendly way. There is nothing more convenient than authorising a payment with your fingerprint. A luxury customer experience of course includes the aspect of safety, and we fulfil that through native in-car payment. We offer our customers security not only when driving, but also when paying.”

While I’ve never felt overburdened or unsafe using cash or a credit card, this kind of technology is becoming fairly commonplace as payment features have become more integrated with mobile devices. The automotive industry’s current emphasis on becoming data-focused has encouraged manufacturers to chase those trends and Mercedes-Benz has — for better or worse — frequently placed itself on the front lines.

The system will use the Visa Cloud Token Framework, allowing for services to be shared across multiple devices (which now includes automobiles). Customers will allegedly be protected by converting “sensitive payment information” into data that will be securely stored. Once paired with the vehicle and any other devices, data is integrated with the consumer’s bank credentials to allow immediate access to funds without having to reach into any pockets or input information. Daimler said it would be piloting the program in Europe with aspirations to extend services globally.

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  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Dec 01, 2021

    It will stop working every 10,000 miles and will cost $10,000 to fix after warranty.

  • Mcs Mcs on Jan 04, 2022

    This kind of sucks for criminals. Now, in addition to a gun, they have to lug around a set of bolt cutters as well.

  • SCE to AUX Probably couldn't afford it - happens all the time.
  • MaintenanceCosts An ugly-a$s Challenger with poor equipment choices and an ugly Dealership Default color combination, not even a manual to redeem it, still no sale.
  • Cha65689852 To drive a car, you need human intelligence, not artificial intelligence.Unfortunately, these days even human brains are turning into mush thanks to addiction to smartphones and social media.
  • Mike1041 A nasty uncomfortable little car. Test drove in 2019 in a search for a single car that would appease two drivers. The compromise was not much better but at least it had decent rear vision and cargo capacity. The 2019 Honda HRV simply was too unforgiving and we ditched after 4 years. Enter the 23 HRV and we have a comfy size.
  • SCE to AUX I wonder who really cares about this. "Slave labor" is a useful term for the agendas of both right and left."UAW Wants Auto Industry to Stop Using Slave Labor"... but what will the UAW actually do if nothing changes?With unrelenting downward pressure on costs in every industry - coupled with labor shortages - expect to see more of this.Perhaps it's my fault when I choose the $259 cell phone over the $299 model, or the cheaper parts at RockAuto, or the lower-priced jacket at the store.Do I care about an ethical supply chain? Not really, I just want the product to work - and that's how most consumers are. We'd rather not know.Perhaps the 1990s notion of conflict-free, blood-free, ethically-sourced diamonds will find its way into the auto industry. That would be a good thing.