Start Your Car from your iPhone with Viper SmartStart

Imagine being able to warm up your car on a cold morning before you step out of the house, or cool down your car  in a hot supermarket carpark while you’re lining up at the checkout.  The Viper SmartStart iPhone app from Directed Electronics enables you to do just that, all from your iPhone or iPod Touch.

As well as allowing you to start your car, this app allows you to unlock/lock doors and open the boot remotely as well as activate the panic alarm/car finder from almost anywhere so long as your car is within range of GSM cellular signal and your iPhone has 3G or wi-fi signal.

Also beta testing is currently under way on push notifications to your phone should your car alarm be triggered.

You need not worry about your car being stolen after you start it remotely as the doors remain locked and you still require the key to drive it away.

The Viper SmartStart app allows you to link to several cars but each car requires a separate SmartStart system installed.

The Viper SmartStart iPhone App is free to download but requires the Viper SmartStart System or (SmartStart module on Viper compatible systems) be installed in your vehicle which retail in the US for US$499 and US$299 respectively plus a yearly subscription fee of US$29.95 for the SmartStart service.

The only bad news is that the Viper SmartStart system is not yet available in Australia but will hopefully be launched here in 2010.