Damn it! I’ve lost my keys

I spotted the following extract on the feedback page in the latest AA Directions magazine:

If you own a ‘remote locking’ car and for some silly reason you lock it with the keys inside, you can ring any person who has the other remote locking device and get them to send the frequency over the phone while you hold your mobile toward the car. I have it on good authority that this can work.


It’s the sort of thing I would expect to see on an episode of 24:

Jack Bauer (on phone): Yeah this is Jack. Chloe my keys were destroyed in the fight, and I can’t get back into my car.

Chloe: No problem Jack. I can route your car’s unlock frequency through your phone. What’s your car’s IP address?

Jack Bauer: 6eff3239

Chloe: Ok Jack. I’m sending the signal now.

Not so sure about this working in real life though.

At least not yet.

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7 Responses to Damn it! I’ve lost my keys

  1. Alicia says:

    lol Don’t think that cars will be getting IP’s in the very near future, although I’ve seen this work. The person with the working remote controller thingamobby kinda holds and directs the “beam” into the cellphone and presses the button. Automagically it (the beam) gets sent to the receiver who should also position his cellphone in a close range to the car. The car should beep-beep and unlock. Won’t be of any use to Jack Bauer who lost his keys too, unless he grew up in the Bronx and have some carjacking skills :)

  2. michelle says:

    I think, in theory, it would work with an analogue phone…

    Someone contact mythbusters.

  3. Alicia says:

    We must’ve been still in range for the remote to work!

    So Michelle, when we pitching the car IP infrastructure? :)

  4. michelle says:

    Sounds complicated. And I don’t have a car, to test. Could give people IP addresses though…

    PING michelle ( 42 data bytes
    42 bytes from Galbraiths: icmp_seq=0 ttl=75 years time=23 ms
    42 bytes from Galbraiths: icmp_seq=0 ttl=75 years time=123 ms
    42 bytes from Galbraiths: icmp_seq=0 ttl=74 years time=10240109 ms

  5. Ian says:

    I’m a bit worried about those duplicate icmp replies you’ve got there, especially the week-long delay betwen the 2nd and 3rd packets.

  6. michelle says:

    It was good beer.

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