Bentley Bentayga gets biometric security stowage with fingerprint scanner

Article by Christian A., on March 20, 2018

If you have the money to spend on a $229,000 Bentley Bentayga, there is also a high likelihood that you drive your luxurious SUV around the city with a couple more expensive items - could be a watch or in a different kind. Now, there is nothing for you to worry about when it comes to storing your valuables because Bentley now offers a storage box for the vehicle’s center console.

Moreover, there is no need to worry about losing keys to this because there actually is none, and it is replaced with a fingerprint scanner instead, making things much more safe and convenient.

It was Bentley’s Mulliner customization division that came up with the idea for this safe inside your car. Now, the center console has been turned into a secured space that features an aluminum cover with capacitive fingerprint scanner.

In the secured area, Mulliner made sure that your valuables will stay safe so it had been padded all over. It also features multiple USB ports and an auxiliary charging mobile devices that connect it to the infotainment system’s Apple CarPlay support. If you are driving and suddenly need to access your phone that’s locked in the safe, there is no need to worry as this tech allows the owner to authorize multiple fingerprints to open it. Meaning that your partner or your children can have access to this too.

This is the first time Mulliner has offered this to Bentley customers. Usually, what they are more known for are lavishly bespoke Bentleys. Despite the model still being quite new, Mulliner had already built a couple of special edition Bentley Bentaygas. For instance, they built one that is specially made for fly fishing. This was designed with leather rod covers, matching bags for nets, and a tackle holder in beautifully constructed wood.

Another special model they built with a unique, picnic theme - from fine china tableware, silver cutlery, to crystal stemware and a champagne chiller. Aside from those, there is also the falconer which was equipped with cork cabinets in the back for all the necessary gear, and even a perch for the bird.

Mulliner is not just limited to customizing for fancy hobbies, as they also built a Bentayga that took inspiration from The Jockey Club at Cheltenham Racecourse. For this particular one, they included several gold horses and jockeys all over the extensive Burr Walnut trim in the cabin.

Bentley Mulliner has been around for quite some time now, and they have been working on some pretty awesome modifications. But this new biometrics technology, we would say, is a first in the industry, and we are quite sure that this will be a hit for their fancy customers.

Press Release

BENTLEY INTRODUCES BIOMETRIC SECURITY STOWAGE IN BENTAYGA

Bentley is introducing capacitive fingerprint sensor technology with a secure stowage unit in the Bentayga – affording customers even greater peace of mind.

Developed by Bentley’s personal commissioning division, Mulliner, the fingerprint sensor technology has been applied to a high pressure die-cast aluminium secure stowage unit located in the cabin.

This discreet and unobtrusive locker creates the ideal place to stow valuables while at the beach, on the ski slope or utilising valet parking services.

With two USB ports and an auxiliary socket, it can also be used for connecting and charging mobile devices both inside and outside of the unit, enabling occupants to access Bentayga’s extensive infotainment technology, including Apple CarPlay.

Uday Senapati, Mulliner’s Head of Technical Operations, said: “The Mulliner Biometric Secure Stowage unit is hidden from view. We are incorporating the familiar capacitive fingerprint sensor technology from smartphones that can store multiple fingerprints, allowing the user to control who accesses their valuables.”

Mulliner – Rare by Design

Mulliner exists to respond to the requirements of Bentley’s most discerning customers. Any type of personalisation can be undertaken to create a unique Bentley of individual taste.

Recent examples of Mulliner’s craft include the Mulsanne Grand Limousine, with its one-metre stretch and private-aviation-style seating configuration in the rear cabin; and the Bentayga Field Sports – the ultimate luxury SUV accessory for sporting countryside pursuits – which features a bespoke installation in the rear with all the equipment required for a perfect rural adventure.

A Unique History Spanning 500 Years

Mulliner's roots date back to the 1500's – that's almost 500 years of craftsmanship experience and heritage.

The firm's original focus was creating luxurious horse-drawn carriages. In 1923 Mulliner showcased for the first time work on a Bentley chassis, exhibiting a two-seater 3 Litre Bentley at the Olympia Show in London – just four years after Bentley Motors was founded.

In 1953, Mulliner coachbuilt one of the most iconic Bentleys ever – the
R Type Continental. This model inspired the design of today's Continental GT. In 1957, Mulliner introduced the Continental Flying Spur, a special four-door saloon built on the Bentley Continental chassis. Mulliner officially became part of Bentley Motors in 1959, setting up its workshops in Crewe.

Source: Bentley

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