Futuristic Security Tech for Classic Porsches? What Pros With Careers in the Auto Industry Need to Know
November 24, 2017
When it comes to premium cars with an intrinsic sense of class, Porsche will always be amongst the first that spring to mind. However, ever since the German premium producer began to ship its stylish sports cars to North America in 1950, Porsches have become a prime target for car thieves.
A recent study named the Porsche 911 as one of the most stolen sports cars in the US, and one of the least likely to be recovered given that many thieves will often ship these stolen sets of wheels abroad. This makes security measures in Porsche’s classic cars all the more important. The company is now confronting the technical challenge of upgrading these vintage vehicles with modern, internet-of-things level security features. If you’re considering a career in the auto industry, here’s what you need to know about this state-of-the-art security tech.
When it Comes to Porsche Security, There’s Now an App for That
The look and feel of a classic Porsche can be easily undermined by the inclusion of obtrusive physical security additions, an aspect that mechanics with careers in the auto industry know enthusiast owners will be worried about. Paying close attention to this concern, the company’s forthcoming Porsche Classic Vehicle Tracking System (PCVTS) is designed to be so unobtrusive as to be unnoticeable.
Unsurprisingly, Porsche has looked to one of the most ubiquitous tools of the current era, the smart phone, as a way to better protect its classic vehicles. The vast majority of Porsche owners have smart phones, and the company has looked to leverage the connective power of these devices rather than re-invent the wheel. It’s also a handy approach that keeps the car owner within the security loop.
Pros with Careers in the Auto Industry Know GPS and Tampering Notifications Will Cut Thefts
The PCVTS is designed to foil a theft from the moment the thief makes physical contact with the vehicle. If the intruder gets past the system’s break-in alarm (which many classic models do not possess), the owner will be quickly notified. The system will also instantly alert the owner if the case of the battery is disconnected—a key indicator of a theft in progress.
In addition, the app will notify the owner when the vehicle physically moves beyond a defined zone. This results in an alert on the owner’s phone, who can then report it as a false alarm or go ahead and report the theft to local authorities. Recovery efforts will then be aided by a precise GPS tracking system that will bring authorities directly to the vehicle.
Porsche’s Security Tech Will Include a Remote Start Denial Feature
Perhaps the most promising of all the new features offered by Porsche is a function that can completely disable the vehicle’s engine, leaving laborious pushing and towing as the only option for determined thieves. The company has outlined this as being an included function of the PCVTS, yet one that will presumably require quick human intervention for the engine disable command to be triggered before the thieves make their getaway.
The exact details of this feature are yet to be fully revealed, but it will give owners peace of mind to know they can seriously complicate a theft by totally immobilizing the vehicle. Those who have taken an auto mechanic apprenticeship will be interested to see what Porsche unrolls when this security feature does come out. Who knows, it might give a glimpse into what could one day become standard for all cars.
Pros with Careers in the Auto Industry Know This Is a Fascinating Development
Right now, Porsche has committed to the delivery of its new classic car protection system by 2018. However, the company can currently only promise connectivity with local law enforcement in Europe, presumably leaving North American owners racing to minimize the bleeping security app on their phone in an effort to actually call the cops.
Nonetheless, this new jump forward with car security is showing plenty of promise. With Porsche paving the way, it’s possible that more and more car makers will include these security features too. More smartphone integration, GPS tracking, partnership with local authorities, and remote start denial features could be on the horizon. It’s an exciting time for anyone interested in working with cars!
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