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Automotive glossary: What is an Automatic Starter Disable or Starter Inhibitor? (Abbr.: ASD)

Definition of Automatic Starter Disable: Collective for all theft protections, which in an electronic way prevents moving the car by unauthorized persons. The starter inhibitor is automatically activated, when the ignition is switched off, when turning on of the ignition thereafter, authorization has to take place always. The legitimate user is ascertained then, by entering a code, or with more modern vehicles by a coded signal, integrated in the ignition key, so the car is released. In the future, the authorization could also be realized by setting a finger on a test field, where the characteristics of the fingerprint are checked. The automatic starter disable can be run by its own control device or via the board computer.

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