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Welcome to the Twilight Zone
Motorists leaving their vehicles on a 50-yard stretch of road have returned to find their cars won't start.
Residents of Percy Road, Gosport, say 'unknown forces' are constantly shutting down their car immobilisers and electric starters.
But despite putting forward various theories, including new telephone masts, remote broadband installations, and even MoD transmissions, they have been left scratching their heads at what is behind the problem.
Wayne Dobson, 38, first discovered the problem when he came home from work, parked up as usual and tried to use his remote immobiliser to lock his V-registered Land Rover Freelander, but got no response.
When he later tried to start the car, he found it was completely dead.
Originally posted by timeless test
My guess would be its a slightly freaky area where the radio signal from plip keys are getting swamped by a stronger transmission, maybe MOD or perhaps something more inncoent.
Originally posted by QuietSoul
That doesn't explain why the cars wouldnt start...
The microcircuit inside the key is activated by a small electromagnetic field which induces current to flow inside the key body, which in turn broadcasts a unique binary code which is read by the automobiles ECU. When the ECU determines that the coded key is both current and valid, the ECU activates the fuel-injection sequence. In some vehicles, attempts to use an unauthorized or "non-sequenced" key cause the vehicle to activate a timed no-start condition and in some extreme cases, even use satellite data-link to alert security firms that an unauthorized attempt was made to code a key.