Ford has introduced a sleep mode on new Fiesta and Focus key fobs to protect against keyless entry theft from hackers.
The new tech for Fords fitted with keyless entry uses a motion sensor within the key fob. The sleep mode is triggered if it hasn’t been moved for 40 seconds – so won’t respond to signals from hackers equipped with ‘relay boxes’ which can now easily be bought online.
Criminals illegally use the relay boxes to extend the signal from key fobs in homes, unlocking and starting vehicles parked outside.
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