You know how people say you can press a key fob through a cell phone call and it can unlock your car doors? You know how Mythbusters busted that myth? Well, it’s not completely untrue that you cannot use your cell phone to unlock and start your car, thanks to a new iPhone app from Directed Electronics.
One of the newest entries to the popular App Store is called Viper SmartStart and it works alongside your Viper SmartStart-enabled vehicle. Working in much the same way as the Zipcar system (but with your own car), the Viper app lets you lock, unlock, and start your car right from your iPhone.
This way, you don’t have to be within range of your car like how you would with other remote start systems. Your car is connected to the cellular network, as far as I can tell, so you can do all the remote start things from the touchscreen interface.
Beyond locking, unlocking, and starting your car, the Viper SmartStart app can also be used to open your trunk and hit the panic alarm. With the Smart Start in the center, you can use the app to defrost or cool your car before you get in too.
The good news is that the Viper SmartStart app is a free download through the App Store. The bad news is that you need to install the $499 system in your car ($299 if you already have a Viper alarm). There’s also the $29.99 annual subscription.