Insurance premiums rise due to keyless car design flaw
Keyless cars. They sum up everything that's wrong with this fast-paced world where convenience (and laziness) is everything.
For the sake of not having to put your hand in your pocket and pull out a set of keys, car manufacturers have made car owners less safe.
Criminals have clocked on to the fact that if you have a car parked on your driveway that has a keyless entry system, you'll have a fob somewhere inside your house.
Using new technology, they relay the signal the fob gives off to your car and, bingo, they're driving off down the road with your prized possession.
So, as a result, insurance premiums are going up! So, in a nutshell, car companies created a vehicle with a gaping design flaw and now they want you to pay higher insurance premiums because of it. Excellent...not.
A grand total of £1.2m worth of vehicles are stolen on a DAILY BASIS in the UK! Staggering.
Here are the best and worst of the keyless cars - WHERE DOES YOURS RANK?
Audi e-tron: Superior
BMW 7 Series: Superior
BMW X7: Superior
DS 3 Crossback: Poor
Ford Mondeo: Poor
Hyundai Nexo: Poor
Jaguar XE: Superior
Kia ProCeed: Poor
Land Rover Evoque: Superior
Lexus UX: Poor
Mazda 3: Poor
Mercedes B-Class: Superior
Porsche 911: Superior
Porsche Macan: Superior
Suzuki Jimny: Unacceptable
Toyota Corolla Hybrid: Poor
Toyota RAV-4: Poor
Volvo S60: Poor
Richard Billyeald, chief technical officer at Thatcham Research, said: "Theft claims paid by insurers in the first quarter of this year were at their highest for any quarter since 2012, with a payment made to a car crime victim every eight minutes.
"These figures demonstrate why the automotive industry must move to secure keyless entry and keyless start systems, many of which offer criminals the chance to quickly and silently circumvent otherwise robust physical security."
He added: "Were it not for the keyless entry and start vulnerability, all the cars assessed would have earned a 'good' rating or better."
The BMW 7 Series, BMW X7 and Porsche 911 all scored top marks because they had motion sensor enabled fobs.
If the sensor detects the fob hasn't moved for a short period, it idles and goes into a sleep mode which prevents criminals using Relay Attack kits from communicating with - and replicating the signal of - the fob to remotely gain access to the car.
While the fob for the Mazda 3 - rated as 'poor' - could be manually switched off when not in use, Thatcham said only systems that did not require active participation from the driver could earn the highest ratings.
Laurenz Gerger, motor policy adviser at the Association of British Insurers, said: 'With car crime hitting new highs this year, a vehicle's resistance to innovative thieves should be front of mind for any consumer looking to buy a keyless car.
'We hope that today's results will encourage manufacturers and consumers alike to take action to thwart the growing issue of keyless car crime.
'Whilst progress has been positive, Thatcham's ratings show that, for many vehicles, there's still a long way to go to reduce the £1.2 million that is currently paid out every day for all car thefts.'