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ViperSmart car security and a lot more

Posted by Alan at 6:36 AM on February 24, 2013

viper logoViperSmart stopped by TPN recently to discuss SmartStart, which can start, lock, unlock and monitor your car from anywhere. Those controls can all be handled from a smartphone app — either Android, iPhone or Blackberry. In fact the company president demonstrated that he could unlock his car, located in California while sitting in Las Vegas.

The app also receives trouble codes from the engine and alerts you to these, essentially monitoring your vehicles health, including if your battery is running low. It will alert you if your doors are unlocked or if your trunk is open, locate your car and monitor the speed of travel (in case your teen borrows it).

The plan is on a per-car basis, not a per driver and it runs about $3 per month, though the charge is actually annual. Some features are separate and can add a bit to the price. The app itself is free. Users will need to install the system in their car and the entry level version is $299.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News and RV News Net and Daniel J Lewis of  Audacity to Podcast

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Cobra iRadar detector and smart phone app

Posted by Mike Dell at 12:46 PM on January 29, 2012


Todd talks with Chris from Cobra about their new iRadar App and Radar Detector. The iRadar detector connects to your smartphone (iPhone or Android) via bluetooth so that you get the alerts on your phone. The newest thing is they added the iRadar community to the app which allows you to see alerts from other users of the iRadar app so that you can be aware of those radar traps along your way. (Of course, nobody speeds… right?)

The detectors are available now for around $130 at most retailers or at cobra.com and cobrairadar.com

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Autolinq: Android in the Car

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 11:27 PM on January 28, 2011

Autolinq is an open end to end information and entertainment platform that is based on the Android platform. Autolinq is an OEM productthat will be installed in cars and is produced by a German company Continental Inc. It will allow the user to have continual contact with their car. Providing them information about the car even if they are not in the car.

The system is designed with safety in mind and only apps that are safe to use in a car can be installed. Autolinq is also a secure platform any data that is provided will go over a secure network to protect it from hackers. One of the application shown shows the speed and location of the vehicle and sends that information back to a computer. That way a parent can keep track of a young driver.

Another application will tell you if there is something wrong with the engine and what the problem is. You can also schedule an appointment to get the car fix through the same application. A third application that was shown is one that warns you when you are low on gas and where the nearest gas station is.

These are just a few of the apps that could be installed in the system based on what the user and final seller wants. The expected price of a system that uses this product will be close to that of a high end automotive entertainment system. Since this is an OEM product, they will produce the platform but will depend on third parties to install it in various vehicles. Once the platform is completed it will be interested to see how many actually get in to vehicles.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News.

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