Everyone could use a way to remotely start, unlock, and lock their cars. It just makes life more convenient. Viper, a 30-year leader in car security, has announced the Viper SmartStart app at CES 2015.
The SmartStart app will give users the ability to start, lock, unlock, and track their cars from virtually anywhere in the world with their smartphone. It will integrate Android Wear and Apple Watch accessibility in early 2015.
Viper’s smart watch functionality will be available for free download for Android and iOS through the company’s newest version of the Viper SmartStart 4.0 app. This app is compatible with all Viper SmartStart hardware. All existing and future Viper SmartStart users who purchase an Apple Watch or Android Wear product will be able to take advantage of the smart watch features at no additional cost.
The Viper SmartStart 4.0 app has been updated with a more intuitive home screen. It now offers faster access to the primary controls, including interactive overlays to walk customers through how to use the app.
Consumers can visit the Viper website to purchase a Viper system from an authorized deal and learn more about Viper SmartStart 4.0. Pricing starts at $149.99. Visit Viper at Booth # 1215 in North Hall at CES 2015.
ViperSmart 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.
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