Future car security

The New York Times’ Nick Bilton recently reported that he watched his car get broken into. This would be unremarkable – if obviously horrible – if not for how the thieves were breaking in.

“Just saw 2 kids walk up to my LOCKED car, press a button on a device which unlocked the car, and broke in. So much for our keyless future,” Nick Bilton Tweeted.

Keyless cars are a new target of both thieves and, of course, security analysts. The advantages are built into the design of the vehicle. SafetyShutdown outlines what keyless car security looks like:

“if someone enters the car without a valid ignition key, they won’t be able to drive away. Many keyless systems also use rolling codes. A computer inside the vehicle recognizes the rolling code projected by the smart key, and then verifies it before starting the engine. BMW’s smart keys also use computer-encrypted microchips to ward off car thieves who want to exploit this technology.”

The disadvantages are also numerous. Though perhaps many traditional thieves might be put off by the keyless system – and perhaps be caught – they are wisening up to know which vehicles are keyless and which aren’t; this means they’ll avoid your car but more advanced thieves might not. Advanced thieves are more hackers than traditional burglars, using sophisticated technology to hack into the system – since they don’t require manual keys to unlock, merely a frequency and various other digital options that can be obtained through illegal, but possible, means. This is, after all, how the individuals broke into Bilton’s car.

The solution isn’t to abandon keyless cars, of course; every advance we make in terms of security – whether it’s our houses, our internet or our cars – will be targeted by the advancement of thieves, too. That is, progress applies across the board, unfortunately.

While it’s not necessarily the case that the cars today are safer than pre owned cars, there are clear signs that cars today are safer than they were thirty years ago.

Security is essential and we should always be focused on ways to make it better – whether as owners or manufacturers. Keyless cars aren’t just progress in terms of keys of course – tracking devices, GPS location, remote deactivation are also all in place. That is, even if someone manages to hack into your car, there are other kinds of advanced security options that can help prevent further theft or stop the current one.

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