ADAC Shows How Cars with Keyless Entry Systems are Stolen

ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e.V.), the German automobile club, created a simple video that shows how cars with keyless ignition system are, or can be, stolen. The video says that the thieves use a laptop computer as a range extender to the key. They show an example of how the thieves are able to break into someone’s home, get the signal from a key that is some distance away, inside the house, and fool the car into thinking that the key is inside of the car.
The auto club used the same tactic to “steal” the car of unsuspecting cafe goers. The club further states that they were able to access twenty cars made by twelve different manufactures that the club was evaluating at the time using this method. The club stops short of saying specifically which automakers are prone to this type of theft. Former Hoon contributor Bozi Tatarević, recommends”storing your proximity key fob in a small Faraday cage-type pouch to reduce the risk of theft.” Or you can just, you know, drive something old and cool.

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  1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    Another alternative is to drive something shitty enough that nobody would want to steal it.
    Or, take a tip from Furiosa:

  2. Sjalabais Avatar

    Why don’t those computers on wheels check that the key remains nearby? To save keyfob battery? Seems like a stupid omission; car thieves are not really going away.

    1. Manic_King Avatar

      I was wondering that same thing. I had this half year old VW and it worked exactly like in ADAC video, one could drive away as long as motor was kept running. Stupid solution, how difficult can once a minute check be, or maybe use RFID tags, these don’t need battery power at all.

  3. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    Keyless entry is one thing, but keyless go is stupid.
    I mean, the ignition barrel even gives you somewhere you can hang your key securely.

  4. desmo Avatar

    here comes your list:

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      I could tell from their designs that Ssangyong wasn’t asking anyone to be taken serious, and that’s a highly respectable strategy. But naming a car “Tivoli”? Zero f* given bonus: Unlocked.

    2. desmo Avatar

      Oh, I forgot to link to the source. That´s because mostly I cannot login to this blog, So I am posting as a guest normally. (I do have an account but barely use it – way too complicated).

      1. Kamil K Avatar

        Rly? You can sign in with twitter, FB, Google accounts, and others I think. Disqus is a rather popular platform.
        Thanks for sharing.

        1. desmo Avatar

          Disqus tells me to verify my posting by captcha. But there is no captcha visible.
          I cannot use FB or others (let alone Google!), because I am working for a large auto supply company and they are tracking this stuff 🙂

          1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
            dead_elvis, inc.

            Are you using adblocking browser addons? Those can interfere with captchas.
            Browser & platform that you’re using might give some insight to your problem.

    3. Alff Avatar

      Whew. That’s a relief.

  5. sporty88 Avatar

    “….. drive something old and cool.”
    With 3 pedals.

    1. Van_Sarockin Avatar

      A clutch is a most effective anti-theft device.

  6. wunno sev Avatar
    wunno sev

    i have a car with keyless start and a wireless dongle. it’s…..actually really nice. i highly recommend that anyone who plans to knock it should own a car with the system for a few weeks first. it’s pretty precise about where the key is – if i should step out with the engine running, the car honks at me to remind me what i’m doing, like, the very moment i step outside. if i leave the keys in the console and push the door lock button on the outside handle, it won’t lock.
    when i drive my older car, the whole key thing just feels so primitive and unnecessary.

  7. Lokki Avatar

    Seems like a overly complex 21st Century computerized solution to a problem that was solved with in the 20th Century by simple mechanical means.
    Hasn’t anybody in Germany got a flatbed tow truck?

  8. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    And it looks like trucks are extremely hackable, too: