Start Your Car with Your iPhone
I was wondering if we’d ever see an app like this and it looks like Viper SmartStart might fill the bill. You can turn on the car, unlock the doors and trunk, control the alarm, and turn on the heat. You have to purchase a $300 module for your car to use the service which costs you $30 a year (the first year is free). That said the app is free. I’ve never been one to spend money on this kind of thing for a vehicle, but this might change my mind. It just makes so much sense to be able to do these kind of functions from your phone. Intriguingly the range of this is infinite since it works over the celluar network. Or, maybe that should be the range is infinite if you can get a signal from AT&T.
10/13/2009 at 11:29 am
I’m not really sure what the point of this is… remote start capabilities have been around for ages and just attach onto or replace part of your keyring (which you have to carry around anyway)… so I’m not sure why I’d want to have that on my phone too… one more thing to be lost or stolen.
10/13/2009 at 12:32 pm
Its the long range that makes it attractive. We’re still stuck on Verizon though, so we need a mobile app there or AT&T to fill in the blanks in its network so we can get an IPhone.
10/13/2009 at 9:45 pm
That brings back a lot of memories…Back in college I had a Viper system installed on my muscle car.
I’d set it up so that the engine would start up real loud, the windows would roll down and music would start playing.
Looking back at it, installing a cold-weather system on my car when I lived in a California beach town was probably not entirely necessary. Using my car as moving party trick was a tad immature… :-)
10/20/2009 at 12:25 pm
A Wifi based module would mean no on going charge for service or having to use an iThing. Dash mounted antenna can give 1,000 ft line of sight range.