Do you need a LOCKPICK?

The nanny state says that there are things you can’t do while you’re driving For some reason it’s perfectly legal in most states to set a new destination on your GPS while you’re driving, as long as your GPS is a standalone or part of your phone. If it’s built into your car, you have to pull over. You also have to pull over to use a lot of the features in that new infotainment system. And even worse, even if your car has a built-in DVD player, you probably can’t control it or even watch it if the car’s in motion. (Of course you shouldn’t watch a movie while driving, but your passengers should be able to.

That’s where the LOCKPICK comes in. It’s a whole family of products designed to let you control your vehicle the way you want to control it. Depending on your vehicle, it may let you play video or use your car’s built-in GPS while moving, or enable the rear view camera anytime you want. It installs between your car’s wiring harness and the control system for your infotainment stack (what we old-timers used to call the radio) and takes the shackles off your driving experience.

Let’s back up a little bit here… no one’s saying you should take your eyes off the road. But your passenger can do an awful lot while you’re driving, and in the end it’s up to you to operate your car safely. If you feel like you can actually change the audio settings while you’re driving, then do so — safely. No one here is recommending that you do anything unsafe.

There was a time when cars were literally rolling deathtraps, unsafe at any speed as Ralph Nader put it. For the record we agree with a lot of the safety equipment that’s been put in cars, because it saves lives. There’s also no reason to disagree with manufacturers putting in all these safety interlocks so you can’t get drawn into the many functions of your extremely entertaining entertainment system. All we’re saying here is it should be up to you, the informed driver, to decide what’s safe. That’s what the LOCKPICK does. It gives you the freedom to choose, and that’s what you want, right?

The LOCKPICK installs behind your dashboard so if you’re not familiar with wiring cars and doing all that work yourself, you might want to let a trained professional do it. On the other hand, if you can install an aftermarket radio then you can install the LOCKPICK. It’s not that hard. Just make sure you’re actually choosing the right one for your vehicle by looking at our product pages, and then you’re on your way!

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 9,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.