Are Phone As A Key and Other Keyless Entry Systems SAFE?

From Transport Evolved.

A few weeks ago, a news story broke of a Tesla owner who accidentally unlocked the wrong Tesla and drove it – without realizing that it wasn’t his.

The incident was resolved without any problems, but it’s led some of you to ask us questions about phone as a key, keyless entry systems, and how safe they truly are.

Here are some basics we think you should know, as well as our theories on what the actual cause of this story was.

Chapter Marks:

00:00 Introduction
02:30 It’s the wrong Tesla, Gromit!
03:55 What we’ll cover today
04:17 Security anecdote – Morris Minors
04:44 Locks today
05:10 How modern key fobs work
06:41 Key fob security flaws
09:28 Phone as a key (and other methods of getting in)
11:54 Flaws and security risks
13:51 What happened with that Tesla, then?
15:43 Keep Your Vehicle Safe
18:12 Thanks, and Goodbye!


Script, Presenter: Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
Editor, Colorist: Michael Horton
Art and Animation: Erin Carlie
Producer: Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
© Transport Evolved LLC, 2023

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