Earlier this week a person driving a stolen Dodge Charger handed a Michigan State Trooper whereas touring over 120 MPH simply earlier than he misplaced management and crashed into two different automobiles. It is the type of unbelievable video that is maybe a bit too frequent, and now Dodge is releasing a software program replace that may reduce down on precisely that sort of incident.
Autoblog factors out the Safety Mode replace that the carmaker will quickly make accessible to homeowners of 2015 or newer Charger and Challenger fashions outfitted with giant HEMI V-8 engines. It is including two-factor authentication, solely as an alternative of sending a push notification to your cellphone or producing a code, it is a easy four-digit PIN. Combining one thing you already know with one thing you might have (your automobile key) is required to make the automobile unlock its full potential. With the safety function turned on, except you enter the code the engine will not rev past idle pace (675 RPM) the place it solely has about 2.8 HP and 22 pound-feet of torque.
That is greater than sufficient to place an finish to high-flying valet goals or any type of particularly reckless joyriding. That is one function the place Tesla has been forward of different producers, because it added a PIN-to-drive safety mechanism in 2018 to deal with the identical problem of thieves utilizing cloned or spoofed keys.
Homeowners of Dodge muscle automobiles will have the ability to add the function with a free software program replace put in by their vendor within the second quarter of this 12 months.