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Using an iPhone to Start Your Car

Techstination feature for Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Using your iPhone to start your car. I'm Fred Fishkin with technology BootCamp, a report on gadgets and gear. Start your car with your iPhone on a bitter cold winter morning. There's an app for that. It does take some hardware too. Directed Electronics is out with the Viper SmartStart. President Kevin Duffy....

"Obviously what's nice about it is it's very functional, but at the same time it's very cool to be able to start your car from anywhere and show it to your buddy. " And there've been keychains and things like that that you've had before for starting cars, but this is a generation or two cooler... "This is the next step forward and we're going to keep going down this product roadmap and we've got a bunch of other new stuff that's going to come that builds off of the SmartStart." Other phone platforms as well? "Yeah, absolutely."

Cool isn't cheap, however. The SmartStart system costs from three to five hundred dollars. The first year of service is included...after that it costs 30 dollars a year. You can find us with archives, interviews and more at I'm Fred Fishkin.