Published: July 13, 2015 | California, United States
Japanese automaker Mazda has released its new mobile app, called Mazda Mobile Start, which lets the user remotely start the engine, lock and unlock doors, cue the alarm and pinpoint his cars location, according to the company’s latest press release. With Mazda Mobile Start, owners can conveniently control many of their car’s settings through their smartphone:
Engine Start: Mazda Mobile Start allows owners to start and stop their engine from virtually anywhere with a smartphone. With the app, owners can start their engine and allow it to idle for up to 30 minutes at a time to preheat or cool the car. The app also features a timer to show how long the car has been running and how much longer it will run. Once the vehicle is started using the app, the settings last used on the climate control system and defroster will activate to help ensure the car will be heated and cooled when ready to go.
Door Lock and Panic Alarm: Mazda Mobile Start allows owners to check the door lock status and remotely lock or unlock doors leaving owners confident in knowing the car is securely locked. In addition, the panic alarm can be activated for increased security.
Carfinder: Carfinder uses the smartphone camera and GPS technology to help owners find their car with the built in map features. This feature will help locate Mazda Mobile Start equipped vehicles in large open parking areas.
The 2016 Mazda 6 sedan and Mazda CX-5 will be the first vehicles to feature the optional Mazda Mobile Start, which will cost $500. The service can be bought and installed at Mazda dealerships. With the purchase of Mazda Mobile Start, the user will have a complimentary one-year subscription to the app, with a $65 annual renewal service fee. The app can be downloaded in the iOS app store and at Google Play.