Directed will announce at CES Thursday, an all-new digital remote start platform that includes Bluetooth. For dealers, it eliminates the need for special tools when flashing remote starts. For consumers it allows free remote start from a phone when in close range to the car.
The new DS4 Digital System won a 2017 Innovation Award. It is a remote start/security system, interface and Bluetooth system in one. With the DS4, installers no longer need an XKloader or Bitwriter. They can program the remote start directly from a smartphone or tablet with an auto-firmware lookup feature. Directed will demo the feature at it booth at CES.
The new Bluetooth capability gives users free smartphone control within 100 feet of the car. So you can remote start the car or lock and unlock doors from the phone. You also get 3X lock start from the factory keyfob without any remotes.
The DS4 lets you send diagnostic info from the car to a phone so you can see why an engine light was triggered.
Directed’s James Turner said the DS4 provides “auto-lookup of vehicle firmware, simplified installation docs, and system configuration at your fingertips. DS4 is the solution that fits any vehicle that comes your way and, with feature-rich vehicle firmware and OEM fit t-harnesses, your installation times are cut by up to 75%.”
The DS4 also has simpler connections for sensors and other devices. All fuses and relays are now in the unit itself and not in a harness. It supports more than 7,000 vehicles. It also has 5 high current relays to support remote start on older vehicles.
An optional shock/tilt/temperature sensor is available.
The DS4 will be offered under the Viper, AstroStart and Automate brands.
It will be available to retailers to trial during the first quarter and will ship in early April. Retail prices will vary with different RF packages.