Audiovox now joins the fray with its Car Link app + module, unveiled at the KnowledgeFest show in Dallas. Car Link lets your smartphone communicate with an Audiovox module for $249 that installs in the car. Your smartphone can then control car functions like remote start and/ or security, door lock and unlock, and pop-the-trunk with 2-way confirmation from virtually anywhere and at any distance. The package works with about 90 percent of remote start and security systems from Code Alarm, Prestige and Pursuit.
The app + module can also work with security systems from other suppliers but users will lose features like 2-way confirmation on the phone. The system will be available for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android phones. It will ship by the end of October with one free year of service and $30 a year service fees thereafter.
Under its Prestige line, Audiovox is also now shipping real metal transmitters for security systems.
Additionally, in security, the company is shipping a new slim keyfob (the size of an ultra mini flashlight) that lets you upgrade a factory keyless entry system to remote start and security. And it extends the range of the factory system from the usual 200 feet to 1,500 feet. The AS9233ST has a price of about $199.