Jaguar files facial-, gait-recognition patent

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A patent application that Jaguar Land Rover filed in October 2016 might mean that the automaker plans to use gait- or gesture-recognition technology in future vehicles.

3-D images of the owner’s face that are stored in a vehicle’s computer would be compared with images that the vehicle’s cameras would capture of a person who approaches the vehicle. Gait and gesture analysis would be used to unlock the vehicle’s doors when the owner approaches or waves a hand in a particular way.

Representatives from Jaguar Land Rover wouldn’t comment on which vehicles would include the technology and when it would be implemented, saying the company still is conducting research.