Earlier this week, a man driving a stolen Dodge Charger passed a Michigan State Trooper while traveling over 120 mph just before he lost control and collided with two other vehicles. This is the kind of amazing video that maybe is a little too common, and now Dodge releases software update it could reduce exactly this type of incident.
Autoblog highlights the updated Safety Mode that the automaker will soon make available to owners of 2015 or newer Charger and Challenger models equipped with large HEMI V-8 engines. It adds two-factor authentication, but instead of sending a push notification to your phone or generating a code, it’s a simple four-digit PIN. Combining something you know with something you have (your car key) is necessary for the car to unleash its full potential. With the safety feature enabled, unless you enter the code, the engine will not run beyond idle speed (675 rpm) where it only has 2.8 HP and 22 lb-ft. couple.
That’s more than enough to put an end to dreams of high-flying valet parking or any kind of particularly reckless ride. This is a feature on which Tesla has been ahead of other manufacturers, because it added a PIN-to-drive security mechanism in 2018 to solve the same problem of thieves using cloned or spoofed keys.
Dodge muscle car owners will be able to add the functionality with a free software update installed by their dealer in the second quarter of this year.