In the United States, thousands of Kia and Hyundai vehicles have been stolen. To combat this wave of theft, the city of New York has taken the initiative to distribute 500 Apple AirTags to affected owners.
Owners of Hyundai and its Kia subsidiary have been hit by a wave of thefts in the United States for several months. The reason for this revival is a flaw in the anti-theft software that allows the system to be disabled using a simple USB cable.
This effect is due to the absence of a silencer on most Hyundai cars manufactured between 2015 and 2019. This electronic feature is designed to prevent the car from starting without its key.
Unfortunately, there is no national count of the number of cars stolen due to this underhanded tactic. The situation has become so worrying that the users of TikTok, given the nickname Kia Boyzlaunched a malicious challenge by publishing a tutorial on how to bypass the security system with highly accessible tools, such as a USB cable.
AirTags to help the New York police
To deal with this, the mayor of New York, Eric Adams, decided to use a connected device, Apple AirTags, to help owners of Hyundai and Kia cars find their property in the event of theft.
The New York Association in the United States has issued 500 AirTags that will be distributed free of charge to affected residents. Although this number may seem small in front of the population of 8.5 million people, it is the first step in trying to solve the problem.
Priced at 35 euros, the Apple AirTag is an increasingly popular solution for locating various items, such as bicycles, cars and motorcycles. In the event of a theft, the owner can quickly identify the location of their property thanks to the integrated monitoring technology.
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