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Mythbusters Experiment No.1

March 11, 2010 Leave a comment

OK, I heard from several sources that it is possible to open a car door from way out of range using the remote key fob and a mobile phone.

It is believed (and reported all over the web) that the mobile phone somehow carries the signal, it has even been reported that it can work with the key fob and car in different countries.

It is also documented (all over the web) and explained very well by Geoff our resident radio communications expert, that this cannot possibly work due to many things, but mainly the inability of a mobile phone or mobile phone network to carry the signal from the key fob.

But still there are lots of claims from people on the web that this works, despite all the scientific whadgamibob.

So let’s give it a try…..Mythbuster style….

The Experiment
Cars
  • Ford Edge
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Ford Mustang
Mobile Phones
  • Nokia Xpress music 5300
  • Sony Ericsson C901
Method
  1. Two people stayed with the car equipped with a mobile phone
  2. Two people drove to a distance of ~200 yards away from the car being tested
  3. The key fob was rested without the mobile phone to confirm it was out of range
  4. A mobile phone call was established between the guys with the car and the guys with the key fob
  5. While the call was still active, the key fob was operated while pointed at the mobile phone
  6. The guy holding the mobile phone pointed it at the car whose key fob was being tested
Results
  • Ford Edge : Fail
  • Chevrolet Camaro : Fail
  • Ford Mustang : Fail
Conclusion

Although we could have tried different mobile phone combinations, we concluded that it’s a myth and it aint gonna work

Check back next time when we try to take over the controls of a passenger aircraft flying overhead using some copper wire, a Mac Book Pro and a block of Bavarian smoked cheese….

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