Mercedes introduces biometric payments

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Mercedes and Mastercard have recently partnered to implement biometrics and let people in Germany pay at the gas station with their fingerprints

Mercedes’ step to integrate biometrics into their gas payment system serves as a case of how biometrics can streamline and speed up many tasks in our daily lives. Employing this technology can also eliminate the need to carry around numerous cards and memorize pins, overall decreasing the risk of theft or loss of cards. Biometric data, being more resistant to replication or theft, not only provides convenience but establishes itself as the most secure as well.

However, facial and voice recognition offer more advantages over fingerprints. Despite their initial popularity, fingerprints have many limitations that must be acknowledged. Fingerprints have a higher level of standardization, meaning they are more susceptible to replication and extraction, making them the less secure option. Additionally, in our current post-pandemic era, it is crucial to recognize the sanitary concerns with fingerprints, as users need to have physical contact with biometric systems to be verified.

Certain tech companies are also creating solutions that include an anti spoofing mechanism designed to detect voice deepfakes. With their fraud prevention capabilities, facial and voice biometrics offer a more reliable, secure and contactless option that rises above the limitations of fingerprints.