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China’s 2021 Cadillac XT4 Is Copying an Iconic iPhone Feature

China may be in the headlines lately for largely other reasons than automotive news. But recently, Cadillac launched the 2021 Cadillac XT4 in China, and the overseas market may be getting some impressive iPhone-inspired tech that we don’t have yet here in the states. A unique and trending feature is now part of the Cadillac XT4 Chinese introduction, and it has everyone wondering if it will soon be available here in the U.S. as well. Industry professionals are suggesting it’s a sign of even bigger technology shifts to come.

Cadillac is launching new tech in China

General Motors introduced the 2021 Cadillac XT4 in China for the third year, according to GM Authority. And there are a host of updates and brand-new technology, too. The Face ID system, an Apple patented biometric system, will be available for the 2021 Cadillac XT4 as part of this official vehicle release in China. Designed to control keyless entry and vehicle start using biometric technology, the Face ID system comes armed with high-tech extras, including an infrared camera and fingerprint reader.

How does the Face ID system work in the Cadillac XT4?

This optional feature for the 2021 Cadillac XT4 will create an entirely keyless engagement with the car and for the driver. When the user, for example, approaches a locked vehicle, the system activates with the proximity of the designated smartphone. A touchscreen presents and the high-definition camera engages in reading and recognizing the user’s face before unlocking the door.

But there’s more, like customization options, to incorporate fingerprint scans and password integration. The configuration isn’t limited to one user, either. The Face ID system can function with an administrator and up to seven additional people.

The beginning of a new technology trend

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Unlocking and starting your car with your face may be new, but it’s an already widely adopted base tech in the smartphone arena. Pairing some of these protection tech solutions within the automotive segment may prove to be just as popular. Apple is continuously looking for ways to advance the world further into new technologies, especially tech that Apple creates.

This kind of technology can be huge in reducing the number of vehicle thefts. But it can also be an added layer of safety for the users, and incredibly convenient. And this Face ID system is just one of many to come, industry professionals predict.

A first look at the 2021 Cadillac XT4 for North America

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For now, it looks like China will be the only locale for the Face ID-loaded Cadillac XT4. It’s unclear if the plan will include launch here in North America. But there are other exciting features U.S. buyers can expect, like standard Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Also new for 2021, the XT4 will offer the power liftgate as a standard on the Luxury level trim. Two other trims will be available: Premium Luxury and Sport.

Front-wheel drive is the standard, but of course, you can upgrade to all-wheel drive for any configuration. You’ll enjoy a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder for each level as well, harnessing a quick 237 hp. Seating will be roomy, as will the cargo area. And it’s Cadillac, so expect high-quality and luxury-level touchpoints at every turn.

For now, Cadillac fans will have to wait and see if GM decides to bring the Face ID system to North America. But even if it’s a delayed launch here in the states, consumers can expect tech upgrades like face recognition and fingerprint authorizations in new models vehicles of the future. The car-buying public in China may get to have all the fun now, but tech like this, on a mainstream level, is probably closer than you think.