Wheel locks are a wonderful, but not perfect, tool to stop thieves. However, Ford seems to have upped the ante when it comes to wheel lock safety.
The last iteration uses the sound waves of an owner’s voice to create a unique sound.model. Ford of Europe said Tuesday that this method is very similar to using an iris or a fingerprint for added security in other parts of life. Ford and its partner, EOS, convert the recorded sound wave into a printed circle that is then used as the indent and key of the locknut. Something like the driver saying: “I drive a “quickly becomes a unique key.
Both pieces are 3D printed together with stainless steel, and when finished, they are separated with a little grinding. It is practically impossible to clone the wheel locks, since the printed sound wave is not uniform everywhere. Instead, Ford said there are uneven grooves that widen more and more in the wheel lock. This makes it impossible for someone to take an impression of the pattern, as the waxes would break, according to the automaker.
We may see these little wonders leave the laboratory and reach the market sooner rather than later.