Automotive Data Solutions (ADS) will ship in Q2 next year what it calls the first remote starter with a built-in bypass module, so it cuts installation time in half, said the company.
The iDataStart remote starter, which won a 2012 Innovation Award, also gives you smartphone control over the car.
The iDataStart also connects to the car’s CAN bus and then delivers information to your phone. Users can see info on tire pressure, fuel level and “door open” on their smartphone screen.
iDataStart also serves as an event recorder similar to the “black box” in an airplane. Users can request downloads of past events on a pay-per service basis to see where the car was located at a certain time. The device stores up to 6 months of vehicle tracking data at a time.
For road warriors iDataStart lets you hit a button to set separate mileage tracking for work trips, which you may then total up at the end of the month for your records.
iDataStart is programmable (via a USB PC connection) to match almost 3,000 vehicles and it may be paired to aftermarket remote transmitter kits.
At launch ADS will offer an all-in-one remote start package for late model BMW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles, which unlike most other vehicles require special kits. It will include the first-ever solution to remote start BMWs without placing an exisiting key somewhere in the vehicle.
Pricing to be announced.