I'm not really sure how we missed this app when it was released way back in July, because it's damn cool. A company called Directed Electronics produces an automotive remote start kit that's called Viper SmartStart, and the kicker: it's controlled via smartphones. The app was available on iOS and BlackBerry for some time before being released for Android in July, and it's some pretty neat kit - check out the video (sorry, it won't embed because it's unlisted).

You can start your car from your house, then when you get inside your (now warm) car, you can arm the alarm on your house. You can also lock and unlock the car, unlock the trunk, trigger the panic alarm, call for help or a tow, or use it to track where the car is parked. Like I said: neat.

The app is free, but prices for the kit range from $300 to $600, so it's not exactly for the faint of heart. (Coincidentally, I've always wondered if/how remote start kits work in manual-transmission cars.) Hit up the source link for more details.

[Source: Viper SmartStart, thanks for the tip Mike Y.!]

Aaron Gingrich
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  • Denbo

    Manual Transmissions remote starters work but ONLY if the car is not in gear AND the emergency brake is on.


  • OFI


    Only if fitted and operating correctly.

    A friend demonstrated his newly fitted remote start on his manual car much to the amusement of his colleagues as he got a round of applause when it leapt forwards into a wall at the press of a button...

  • zach

    Actually the car doesn't need to have the brake on,I have a 2002 Saturn that I put a viper 991 alarm in with remote start on my stico shift car,all you have to do is T tap the wires behind the clutch so the car thinks its always pushed in real easy,just never leave it in gear than it takes offf