July 29, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
It’s unlikely that will get a car as cool as KITT from Night Rider in our lifetime, so we’ll just have to settle for the next best thing. Viper SmartStart is a new Android app that can control a car by interacting with hardware installed in an automobile.
Viper SmartStart can start your car remotely, a life-saver during those snowy Northeast winters (the physical car key must still be used to actually drive). The remote system also extends the range of your commands anywhere with a 3G signal, allowing owners to lock/unlock doors, open the trunk, turn on a security system, or be notified if an alarm goes off. That should help forgetful people cut down on the amount of times they run back to their car to double check if the door is locked, and provide an additional layer of security.
The Viper SmartStart app is free but requires purchasing the system hardware. The device costs $299 if self-installed, but it’s also available at Best Buy for $499 with full installation.