Although it may sound like science fiction this is what happened last weekend in Seattle (united States). A car thief found a brand-new BMW 550i parked in a garage with the safe unlocked and keys set. Belonged to a user who had been married the previous day and that he had left the vehicle to a friend. The forgetfulness of this allowed them to the thief will take the car with ease.
To become aware of the theft they decided to quickly call the police to denounce it and try to get it back. The BMW 550i had the system ConnectedDrive, which makes the car is connected to the internet and that allows you to perform a series of actions (such as turning on lights or opening doors) remotely. Thanks to this know the exact location the vehicle was a piece of cake, but there was something more.
BMW got also lock the doors of the saloon, leaving locked the thief inside. Also broadcast a message through the sound system to inform you of that he was trapped. Hours later, the police found the car in the location indicated with the thief asleep in the driver’s seat and with the engine running. The arrest took place without major problems.
With the advancement of technology, we realize that the connected vehicle is already a reality. In this case, the ConnectedDrive BMW has been of great help to prevent the theft of one of their cars. Although this issue also casts doubt and makes many are challenging the security (there have been cases of hackers that open vehicles at a distance) and privacy (by the fact that the brand itself can control our cars).
Source – CNET
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