I know that “keyless entry” systems are all the thing with cars these days, but forgive me if I’m just a little skeptical about their security:
Some new cars on the market are vulnerable to keyless thefts, tests have revealed.
Latest security ratings for seven models you can buy in showrooms today have been released by Thatcham Research, an independent automotive research centre.
Of the seven vehicles reviewed, four were found to offer ‘poor’ resistance to relay crimes that have spiraled in the last few years.
Actually, most cars offering this feature are vulnerable to being hacked by relay devices (available on amazon.com, of course). And if you don’t know how a relay device works, you need to disable your keyless system and go back to using a car key.
I of course have no desire ever to activate any keyless system when I come to replace the Tiguan, so none of the above will apply to me. And should my choice of car not have deactivation as an option, that choice will shift to another which does, or doesn’t even have the infernal system in the first place.
I am all for progress, by the way, if it represents actual progress and not just a nod to “convenience” (i.e. laziness). For example, I have always applauded the shift from front-stuffing muzzle-loaders to the brass cartridge — but should some techo-genius come up with an “electronically-activated triggering mechanism” to replace it, I’ll probably shoot him.
With a bullet launched from a brass cartridge case, most likely one of these: