Re: Certain criminal threats - do not exist when cars are designed
"What good is a car with a sold lock on each door if all a potential criminal has to do to get in is pop the hood?"
i don’t know if BMW's are difrent the other side of the pond, but over here in li'l ol' blighty, along with 99% of all other cars, you cant open the "hood" or bonnet as we like to call it without opening the door first. The lever is usually in the drivers compartment, if no it , it requires a key to unlock it...
I can sort of see where BMW are coming from, The ODB has to be open so third party garages can actually work on the card. the connection point has to be a standard plug, within 100cm of the steering wheel, and needs no tools to access it. There is no way it would be possible to secure a car once entry has been gained with a system like this. No matter what hurdles are put in place, the memory of the ECU is not read only susceptible to attack. the bare minimum to gain access would be a clone of a key that you have a copy of the ROM for and flash the entire ROM.
this has really been caused by the EU making laws for the general good, but messing things up in reality..
I am pretty sure most of us could actually come up with some sort of security that would work within the ODB guidelines, but I would also imagine the cost would put the price of the car up to an unacceptable price, which would mean true security would be an optional extra.