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Test 240 cars and engine-free key technology test theft ADAC

If you have a car in which you go without a key and start the engine – you are in trouble

BMW key card
Photo: Promo / BMW AG

A modern car has more and more techniques to help the driver. One of these relays enters the car and starts the engine without the physical use of the key (technology without key). But how many such elegant solutions make life easier for the owners, they can calm down.

We have already written about the modern car theft in the United Kingdom, where thieves using hu-equipment can drive an expensive car in less than 20 seconds. And all this without any physical damage.

The procedure is simple and it comes down to copying the signal that comes from the key card. As it is usually located near the front door, thieves are enough to access them and thus capture the signal. The device for acquiring the signal can be legally purchased and costs about 100 euros.

Because of this, in Britain, the number of thefts jumped incredibly. Even 100,000 vehicles were stolen in 2017, an increase of as much as 56 percent compared to the previous year.

The German automobile club, ADAC recently tested as many as 237 cars and three motorcycles which have the ability to unlock and start the engine without a key. These were models of more than 30 brands, such as Audi, Mercedes, BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Peugeot, Renault, Škoda and Volvo.

Result: only three models have passed the test, with four "thieves" who encounter a problem.

The Jaguar i-pace, Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover models are best sold on the best-selling Jaguar Land Rover models. Thanks to technology that uses an ultra-wide frequency signal, the cars remain intact.

The "Infiniti Q30" could not be entered, but the engine was started, while the reverse situation occurred with "Mazde 2", "volvo XC60 T5" and "BMW i3".

All others were "stolen"!

HereSee which models are being tested.

Otherwise, the car being driven in this way is possible to drive until it first extinguishes. So stolen car thieves are usually shipped abroad to reprogram and get a new keyboard.

Advice from ADAC experts is that it is best to exclude this feature. Wrapping in aluminum foil or placing it in a metal box did not prove to be an effective anti-theft method.

It would not be bad to keep your key card away from the front door, especially if you live in a house.

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