More Than 65,000 Range Rover Vehicles Recalled Over Software Bug

/ 9 years ago

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Land Rover have recalled more than 65,000 vehicles due to a software bug which automatically unlocks the car doors. The affected models are the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport with a manufacturing date from 2013 to the present day. While the introduction of keyless ignition seemed like a novel idea, it’s become prone to software errors and a prime target for car thieves. These issues are compounded further when you consider the technology is exclusively used on luxury models.

In a statement to the BBC, Land Rover said,

“No accidents or injuries were reported to have occurred as a result of the bug.”

“Range Rover owners would not have to pay for the modifications to be made.”

The widespread security concerns with blank key systems are backed by clear evidence as gangs often use a handheld black box to easily open the doors without forced entry. Possibly, there are too many concessions just to avoid the industry standard mechanical lock. This brings up the question, do we even need this technology? Software is always prone to glitches and open to hacking. Given the monetary value of high-end vehicles, it seems a bit reckless to keep relying on these devices. For example, a spokesperson for Thatcham Research which collects information on car crime argued,

“It’s been known for over a year that keyless entry and ignition systems possess certain vulnerabilities.”

“There were a number of vehicles suggested as being vulnerable in this way, Range Rovers being one of them.”

“Other cars targeted include Ford Focus and Fiestas, Audis and some light commercial vehicles.”

“That was all to do with keyless entry systems and vulnerabilities through the onboard diagnostic port.”

Do you believe keyless ignition systems can ever be completely safe?

Thank You BBC for providing us with this information. 

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