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Viper introduces “SmartStart” app to be featured in Apple Watch and Android Wear

Published: 17 September 2015 | Vista, CA

Viper launched SmartStart – a mechanic-installed gadget that let you wirelessly start your car, open the trunk, and more – back in 2009. Version 4.0, launching today, adds the ability to start your car wirelessly by simply speaking to your Apple Watch.

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SmartStart isn’t something you can plug in yourself; the hardware needs to be installed by a mechanic or dealer. It should work with virtually any car, the company says. Once connected, the unit lets drivers talk to or tap on their smartwatch to find, lock, unlock, and remotely start their vehicle, as well as manage alerts. Drivers can follow turn-by-turn directions back to their car, pop their trunk, hit the panic button, and receive low battery alerts all from their wrist.

The new version of the app offers a few new features, beyond smartwatch compatibility. Users can set a SmartFence to designate certain areas as restricted—they receive an alert when the car enters or exits that perimeter. When maintenance is needed, the app notes diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) and explains the issue. Drivers can call upon roadside assistance in an emergency with a tap of their finger.

The Viper SmartStart 4.0 app for iOS and Android, offers a number of features for smartphones. Its improved, easier-to-use speed alert can show when young drivers are speeding, and users can set a SmartFence to designate certain areas as restricted—they receive an alert when the car enters or exits that perimeter. When maintenance is needed, the app notes diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) and explains the issue. Drivers can call upon roadside assistance in an emergency with a tap of their finger.

The new app is compatible with all existing Viper SmartStart hardware. Viper SmartStart 4.0 now uses CDMA/3G wireless connectivity for nationwide coverage and to reduce power consumption in the vehicle by up to 30%.

Source: Viper

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