Thatcham Research has updated the security rating on the Porsche Macan to “Superior” as new information around the specification of a motion sensor function on the key fob has been provided by Porsche Cars (GB).
Richard Billyeald, Chief Technical Officer at Thatcham Research comments: “We are pleased to be able to rate the Porsche Macan as having ‘Superior’ security following clarification from Porsche Cars GB.
“Vehicle manufacturers are beginning to offer solutions and fixes to Keyless Entry/Start vulnerabilities, with Audi, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes and Porsche really taking a lead. We expect others to follow suit quickly.”
Thatcham Research launched a security rating on 21 March to help consumers better understand the theft risk of new cars against a back drop of rising vehicle thefts. Car theft has increased by 27% compared with 2017 and, last year, UK insurers paid out a record £376million on car theft claims. Keyless Entry/Start is one of the causes of this increase.
The new ratings assess all aspects of vehicle security, with measures to specifically highlight if the keyless entry/start systems are vulnerable, and if the OBD port can be compromised for the coding of keys.
Billyeald continues: “Our general advice for any worried drivers is first and foremost to understand if your vehicle has a keyless entry/start system or not, as it is often an optional extra. If it does, check whether there are solutions available with your key fob – can it be turned off overnight or does it go to sleep when not being used?”