Ford increase security against car theft criminals with brand new voice locking wheels

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Ford’s new technology will make your wheel nuts unique by creating a bolt and lock mechanism out of your own voice pattern. Engineers record the driver’s voice before experts will convert this to a printed pattern which can be used on the car.

This will be 3D printed and will come with high-tech security features which will prevent a bolt from being cloned or copied.

The ingenious new tool will help to dramatically reduce car thefts across the UK as thieves will not be able to undo the lock as easily.  

An uneven design will make sure thieves cannot make an imprint of the pattern because any wax placed inside the but would likely break.

Using your voice is not the only way Ford makes it possible to create a bunch of unique wheel nut designs.

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Ford increase security against car theft criminals with brand new voice locking wheels

The bolts are made through 3D printing (Image: Ford )

Ford increase security against car theft criminals with brand new voice locking wheels

The bolts are made using your own voice (Image: Ford)

Instead of using a voice you could use your initials or take a pattern from a special interest.

Raphael Koch, Ford Advanced Materials and Processes research engineer, said: “It’s one of the worst experiences for a driver, to find their car up on blocks with all four wheels gone.

“Some alloy wheels can cost thousands to replace, but these unique rim nuts will stop thieves in their tracks.

“Making wheels more secure and offering more product personalisation are further proof that 3D printing is a game-changer for car production.”

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The special nut and key are produced at the same time and then separated after the protection process.

After a small amount of grinding the high-tech security features are ready to use and be installed on a vehicle.

The ingenious idea comes just months after criminals were seen stealing wheels off a range of cars in Birmingham.

Several cars were targeted in the Sutton Coldfield area of the city back in April 2019 where wheels estimated to cost over £5,000 stolen from a BMW.

Car experts revealed it can be as single as jacking up a car and removing the wheels unless special action is taken.

Expensive alloys would be a major steal for criminals as these can often be sold for over £1,000.

In order to protect themselves, , motorists have been urged by IAM RoadSmart to buy a set of wheel nuts to replace the standard ones as these could be more difficult to remove.

Even the slightest struggle could see the car completely left alone as the thieves do not want to get caught.

In a statement, IAM RoadSmart said: “Some locking wheel nuts, such as McGard or EVO Mk5, are sold as high security.

“They are widely available in accessory shops and online and have a hardened outer section which spins, so a standard wheel nut remover won’t work.

“They can be removed by someone determined, but it takes a more specialist tool and a lot longer, so they will be a good deterrent unless some very rare or expensive wheels are being stolen to order.

KwikFit has urged motorists to always remember where their wheel nut key is kept to speed up the process in an emergency.

They say it would be very hard to remove the car’s wheels without first unlocking the wheel nut bolt.

Motorists should are therefore urged to keep their key in the glove box or hidden somewhere safe in the car.

Replacement keys for locking wheel use can start from up to £30 but ford’s unique system will likely be more expensive.

IAM RoadSmart says pointing your front wheels to the kerb and parking in a well-lit area were also important safety measures motorists can take. 


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