Viper SmartStart

The automotive sector at CES is always interesting and as the years have gone on we've seen more integration happening between people's smartphones and their vehicles. One group who has been around for a while now is Viper and their SmartStart system and just in time for CES they've now let us know what to expect from the upcoming SmartStart 3.0 release:

“Viper SmartStart 3.0 is going to change the way people start their day,” says Mike Simmons, President of Directed. “The new features offer drivers unprecedented connectivity with their vehicles, and introduce the promise of the Cloud-connected car, providing a robust, real-time 2-way link between cars and smartphones.”

One of the key new features of SmartStart 3.0 is SmartSchedule which allows users to tell SmartStart their daily routine and then from there -- Directed Cloud Services (DCS) will continuously monitor temperature, location and schedule variables in the Cloud and push Smart Alerts to their phone as well as vehicle diagnostics and more. The update isn't available as of yet but if you're looking for the full details, you'll find them past the break.

Vista, California (1/7/2012)- (Virtual Press Office) – Viper is pleased to announce the introduction of Viper SmartStart 3.0 – the Cloud-connected car at CES2012 – available soon on iTunes and the Android Market.

Viper SmartStart 3.0, available in Q1 2012, will offer the most advanced and user-friendly new features since SmartStart was introduced, including SmartSchedule, vehicle status, vehicle diagnostics, auxiliary channels and more.

Viper created the smartphone car control category and is leading the keyless lifestyle revolution with Viper SmartStart, which has been downloaded to more than one million iPhone, Android and BlackBerry handsets. Viper SmartStart is the first app that allows users to affordably start, lock, unlock, locate and monitor their vehicle – all using their smartphone. The product has garnered worldwide media coverage including an iPhone TV commercial, and won the Best of Innovations Award at the Consumer Electronics Show.

“Viper SmartStart 3.0 is going to change the way people start their day,” says Mike Simmons, President of Directed. “The new features offer drivers unprecedented connectivity with their vehicles, and introduce the promise of the Cloud-connected car, providing a robust, real-time 2-way link between cars and smartphones.”

One of the signature new features of SmartStart 3.0 is SmartSchedule. Part weatherman and part mind reader, SmartSchedule users tell SmartStart their daily routine and the Directed Cloud Services (DCS) network does the rest. DCS will continuously monitor temperature, location and schedule variables in the Cloud and push Smart Alerts to their phone when it’s time to warm up their car.

Another new cloud-connected feature of SmartStart 3.0 is the ability to receive Vehicle Diagnostics: available soon on selected vehicle installations, customers will be able to access rich information about the health of their vehicle right from SmartStart.

With the release of version 3.0, Viper SmartStart now supports other new features like Auxiliary Channels and enhanced System Status. Users will soon have all the multi-zone control and customization options found on other Directed premium 2-way remotes, and will receive status updates with richer feedback, confirming the vehicle is running, armed, locked and more.

For more information about the many game-changing new features of Viper SmartStart 3.0. please visit http://www.viper.com/smartstart
 

 

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Viper announces SmartStart 3.0: the Cloud-connected Car

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Not all Onstar equipped cars have this option. A few 2010 models and a few more 2011 models have it and I believe most cars will have it from here on out, don't quote me on that though.

also, Onstar's price of $20-$30 a month is considerably more than the smart start's $50 a year price

50 < 240-360

and what would that be? is it really going to put my car more at risk for getting broke into? most of the cars that i work on that have been broke into, are usually also replacing a window because a crackhead with a rock is far more common than a person with a laptop hacking DEI servers.

I've had this for a year now, although I only use it in the winter. Its nice to go out to a warm, defrosted car. Yes my remote key chain will do it also, but its range is limited. Where I work at (big manufacturing plant) the key chain can reach. But with this I can start my car from any where in the world, as long as I have a data connection of course.

PS not all cars have onstar, this is a remote start system that you add to a car without one.

You could have Onstar installed now. Don't know whats cheaper. I as just stating the fact its nothing special. Cool but not special.

Installing onstar now is called Rear View I think and it doesn't allow for remote starting. It is either 19.95 a month for phone/bluetooth or 29.95 for navigation guide as well.

WAY OVERPRICED compared to what you get with onstar preinstalled.
Plus onstar defaults to only a 10 minute start time whereas my aftermarket starter can be set for 24 minutes.

Exactly. As a kid, I remember my dad had Autostart on his car to handle the Minnesota Winters. It was automatic based on temperature and its own internal clock. He didn't have to remember do it remotely.

This was in the 60s people!

Only advantage of Onstar is the ability to connect to Verizon where a cell phone can't. And that is due to the 3 watt Onstar system with a nice size antenna on a roof to a .6 watt cell phone with an antenna in your hand.

I currently have a Viper with a one-mile range for theft protection. I would guess the range to notify you if someone just broke into your vehicle would be anywhere you have cell phone service. Very interesting...

the OnStar FMV systems just offer crash detection, phone service(pre paid), bluetooth and someone to look up information for you. navigation is extra. the system can not control the car in anyway like calling onstar when you lock the keys in the car, or when you want them to shut the car down because it has been stolen. it also can not retrieve any any formation from the cars computer.

Last I checked on star costs more per year than viper is charging for their yearly charge. Waiting on my next car to get this installed.

I have Onstar on my brand new car and its nice. I wouldnt pay for it otherwise but its a great add on for a Chevy.