Nick Bilton is a columnist for the New York Times, he writes about technology, the development of social media while also looking ahead at the future.
It was not without some degree of irony then that the technology writer witnessed a group of 'kids' walk up to his Toyota Prius, press a button and unlock it, all without ever touching the car.
Bilton tweeted his experience saying:
Just saw 2 kids walk up to my LOCKED car, press a button on a device which unlocked the car, and broke in. So much for our keyless future.— Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) April 6, 2015
It turns out the kids weren't actually interested in stealing the car or indeed any of its contents, instead the incident appeared to be more of a trial run.
Bilton goes on to say on Twitter that he tried to chase down the kids for no other reason than to learn more about how they'd done it.
@schlaf I chased them down and thought, what's the point. They're kids. I really wanted to just ask them about the technology! :-)— Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) April 6, 2015
This isn't the first example of wireless car hacking. Only last year a security expert demonstrated how he could break into his own car using nothing but a laptop.