Siemens Automotive's Passive Start/Entry (PASE) which replaces vehicle keys with a Smart Card, was introduced as an option for the 1999 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Siemens now plans to introduce the next step in protection/convenience systems — fingerprint recognition — within two years. A Siemens source says the fingerprint recognition technology will be seen sometime in calendar year 2001 for an '02 European model. Although the source cannot confirm it, the most likely first user is Mercedes, ...

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