More car electronics suppliers are jumping on the app bandwagon for remote starting the car as Directed Electronics’ Viper SmartStart app moves up the charts on the App Store. Audiovox and Firstech’s Compustar brand are planning remote start apps.
Audiovox is developing a remote start app for the iPhone or BlackBerry that will work with just about any remote starter—OEM or aftermarket. The phone becomes the transmitter to start the car via touch screen or the user can call an 800 number and use a voice prompted menu.
The app should launch in 90 to 120 days in time for the colder weather. “We still think it’s a niche application, but it’s something the dealers can get excited about and it can raise the average selling price of some of the products they are selling,” said Audiovox Electronics president Tom Malone.
The app will require a $399 black box for the car. Service will be free for the first year and then the user pays $29 per year (as on SmartStart app). The app will be offered on additional smartphones in the future, said Audiovox.
CompuStar will offer its answer to the SmartStart in an app called the “Drone.” It offers remote start control from a smartphone and it goes a step further by adding GPS tracking, so users can locate their cars on the phone. The app will launch the first week of June for the iPhone and will migrate to the BlackBerry and Android phones.
Courtesy: CE Outlook.