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by Matt Brogan

Vehicle security is set to take another battering with a new invention, known as Electronic Key Impressioner (EKI), able to digitally copy the internal structure of a car’s keyhole for later copying.

The device is inserted in to a vehicle’s keyhole where it scans the surfaces to form an electronic impression of the key, then transmits the key code via a USB cable to any lap-top or computer. From there it cross references a database of key codes to create a scanned image. This image allowing the user to reproduce a new key via any digital key-cutting machine.

According to Popular Mechanics, the EKI is available with a variety of tips to suit various automotive keyholes, and although it might seem like it will prove popular with car thieves, the manufacturer claims that any unauthorised use will see the device rendered useless by remote blocking.

At this point the tool cannot replicate any sort of transponder functions a key might have, though other devices already exist to fill that void. The combination of these two devices now means any well-equipped thief is capable of gaining entry to your car.