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Old 12-08-2016, 04:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Mystery device can unlock & start 50% of vehicles

Yet another reason to love old-fashioned keys...

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When tested on 35 different makes and models, the device unlocked 54 percent of the vehicles. It also allowed the “thief” to drive away in 51 percent of them. Once the vehicles that drove away were turned off, the device was able to restart the engine in 34 percent of them. (NICB notes that four new Chevrolets successfully repelled the device.)
Via: 'Mystery Device' Unlocks and Starts Over 50 Percent of Vehicles

The testers stress this wasn't a comprehensive or scientific survey. And some makes weren't succeptible (2017 Chevrolets for example were less succeptible).

Also: the device has to "capture" the signal from your key fob. It needs to be anywhere from several inches to 8-10 feet away to do it.

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Old 12-08-2016, 05:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If I had one I'd just start half the vehicles in town and let them run.

Nobody would notice though. :/
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Im assuming this is for vehicles that have leyless ignitions. Im safe
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Exactly - the "proximity" keys that the driver just carries in a pocket, purse etc. The car unlocks as you approach and you push a button to start it.
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Yeah I don't have that.
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It makes me glad that my van has the two keys for it. One for the doors and one for the ignition. I don't have to worry about someone finding my hide-a-key and driving off, because it only unlocks the doors.
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Sounds like it would mainly affect cars with proximity keys, not necessarily push button start. My Prius should be safe, then, I don't have the smart key system so I have to stick the key in the dash for it to start. Hurray for not having all the options!
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and my celica only has a steering lock... JDM models don't have an immobilizer.

I should put a safety switch somewhere.

Warwagon has a keyfob thingy you have to wave before the receiver to remove the immobilizer. I never remove the ignition key or the keyfob, it has a separate key for the doors.

No one can start the damn thing for sure, as the fuel pump needs it's own ritual in order to work
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Another reason I installed a Ravelco unit. And pulled fuse that allows remote door unlock.

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