After first showing it at CES, Directed has launched the SmartStart 3.0 update that lets your car “talk” to you, or at least text you and ask if you want it to remote start the car.
With the new update, the app now relies on the cloud to let you remote start the car from a phone and deliver a several new features.
If your check engine light comes on, your phone can tell you the reason why.
The app may be set so that the car will automatically text you if the temperature falls below a preset level and its time to leave for work. “Your car can initiate the conversation now. It can tell you to ‘remote start me. It’s 7:30 am and the temperature is15 degrees,’” said a spokesman.
Additionally, the car stereo dealer can assign buttons to different phone-to-car features through auxiliary channels. So you can control the sunroof from the phone or roll down the windows or pop the trunk from the phone. You can also link the phone to the car’s suspension so it can be lowered and raised.
When you command your phone to start the car, it relays a confirmation that the car has actually started (not just that the signal was received), said Directed.
“This is only the beginning…We have a lot more to come for our customers,” said Directed President Mike Simmons.
The company is also releasing a Bluetooth SmartStart in-car module at $129 so you don’t need to be within range of cellular service to remote start the car from the phone. Your phone pairs with the module.
The SmartStart 3.0 app was released Thursday for the iPhone as a free firmware upgrade. An Android version is expected to be available by the close of day, and other phones will be supported later.
SmartStart requires a module starting at $199 for the car and a remote starter.