There recently was a nearby theft of a late model Dodge Hellcat. It came out that the 700+ HP Hellcat and maybe some Challengers since 2021 may have a rather innovative security system that has won some design engineering awards. It is called the Enhanced Security Mode and replaces the standard Valet Mode. When enabled with a 4-digit code via the radio, this software keeps the engine at idle speed, limiting the output to about 3 horsepower. Thieves won’t be able to take off with the car even if they have a key but a valet will be able to park the car. The Enhanced Security Mode is installed by a simple dealer reflash and it is free to owners.
I’d like to see something like that on any car. It might go a long way to preventing theft by these gangs that can clone a remote fob.
How does the owner put the vehicle back in full-performance mode? Might that method have a loophole a crook could learn to exploit?
My guess is the owner of the vehicle would be prompted for the same 4-digit sequence. Many devices have similar operation; smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.
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