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Extra layer of security requires you to enter a PIN before the car will allow you to drive it

Tesla has added the option of a 'PIN to Drive' setting to its models for added security.

Aimed at combating the theft of cars through key fob hacking, the option will not allow a user to drive the car until the correct PIN (personal identification number) has been entered on the infotainment screen. 

The feature can be activated through the Controls and Safety & Security sub-menus, where owners will be prompted to create the private PIN. 

PIN to Drive was another update completed over the air by Tesla to its cars - an innovation that has left many manufacturers scrambling to emulate its success. The Volkswagen Group is developing its own over-the-air update system, with future models from Porsche, Skoda, Seat, and Volkswagen all tipped to feature the system.

The addition comes alongside the upgrading of the key fob cryptography for the Model S, up to the standard used in the Tesla Model X, making it harder to hack. An upgrade for Model S owners to the new cryptography is offered, for those with the older key fob.’

The PIN to Drive feature is only available so far on the Model S and Model X, but it will be made available on the brand’s entry-level Model 3 in the future. 

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jason_recliner 30 August 2018

What if the car came with

What if the car came with some kind of tiny device that could be inserted into the car, and the car wouldn't start unless it had the tiny device inserted into it?  You could call it a 'key'.

pagshile 30 August 2018

So someone gets my fob but to

So someone gets my fob but to seal the deal they need to get my pin out of me somehow? No thanks; take the car. 

Peter Cavellini 30 August 2018

Old Hat already......

 Chip n pin....?really, why not retina scan? or a Face recognition with up to three Faces?....

typos1 30 August 2018

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

 Chip n pin....?really, why not retina scan? or a Face recognition with up to three Faces?....

Face srecognition is easily fooled, retina scanning is a much more secure, but both would require hardware mods, this is just a simple software update.