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Viper App Starts Your Car with the iPhone

 Viper App Starts Your Car with the iPhoneYou 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.

Source: CNET

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  • Charles Sturkey

    Does this alert you if your alarm goes off? I have used Viper Remote Start and Alarm kits in the past on our vehicles because I trust the brand. My wife and I travel alot. We have people watching our house on a regular basis, however I would like to be notified if an alarm happens to be tripped. That way I can ask a neighbor or family member to go look out their window. I think it is a great concept because it would eliminate being out of range of alerts, such as shopping in a store while your car is being stolen in the parking lot (happened to my wife before she bought a Viper alarm). Also, don't forget us Blackberry user.