The future is closing in on us fast, folks. Following Hyundai’s big Android Wear news a few days ago, Viper has just announced their new Android Wear-integrated app. SmartStart, the company’s smartphone app that allows users to start and lock their cars, has been around for quite some time. However, up until now, the functionality has been limited to smartphones. With the update to SmartStart version 4.0, Viper is extending car control functionality to both Android Wear and Apple Watch devices.
The Android Wear integration will act exactly like the app does currently, but now you can use it on your wrist. Here are all of the features included in SmartStart so far:
- Remote car starter
- Trunk release
- Panic or car finder
- Aux channel control
For quite some time, Viper has made quality car security systems for a (relatively) inexpensive price, with some going as low as $149.99. So if you already have a Viper, now may be your time to pick up an Android Wear device. The update to version 4.0 should be rolling out to the app sometime in early 2015. If you still need to grab the application, you can do so from the Play Store.
[press]VIPER ANNOUNCES APP THAT WILL REMOTELY START, LOCK AND UNLOCK
YOUR CAR FROM APPLE WATCH AND ANDROID WEAR
~ Smart Watch Technology to Become the Next Evolution of Viper SmartStart ~
VISTA, Calif. (January 5, 2015) – Viper, the 30-year leader in car security, today announced
that Viper SmartStart, the app that gives users the ability to start, lock, unlock and track
their car from virtually anywhere in the world with their smartphone, will be available for
Android Wear and Apple Watch in early 2015. Viper made the announcement at the 2015
International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Viper’s smart watch functionality will be available for free download for Android and iOS
through the company’s newest version of the Viper SmartStart 4.0 app. Viper SmartStart
4.0 is compatible with all Viper SmartStart hardware, which means all existing and future
Viper SmartStart users who purchase an Apple Watch or Android Wear product will be able
to take advantage of the smart watch features at no additional cost.
“Wearable technology will give Viper SmartStart users the ability to feel connected with
their vehicle in an even more accessible and convenient way,” said Frank DeMartin, Senior
Vice President of Development and Engineering for Viper. “Whether people choose to use
Viper SmartStart through their smartphone, smart watch or both, the updated Viper
SmartStart 4.0 app will enhance their ability to seamlessly communicate with their car.”
To increase the functionality of Viper SmartStart for the smartphone, SmartStart 4.0 is
updated with a more intuitive home screen that offers faster access to the primary
controls, including interactive overlays to walk customers through how to use the app.
Consumers can visit www.viper.com to purchase a Viper system from an authorized dealer,
learn more about Viper SmartStart 4.0 and enter a contest to win a smart watch and a
complete Viper system. Pricing starts at $149.99.
Apple Watch is a trademark of Apple Inc. Android Wear is a trademark of Google, Inc.
For 30 years, Viper has been a world leader in automotive electronics. Viper protects and
remotely starts more vehicles than anyone else on the planet. Viper created the connected
car category with the launch of Viper SmartStart in 2009 – the app that lets you start,
locate and control your car from virtually anywhere in the world with your smartphone.
Recipient of hundreds of technology patents and awards, the company is based in Southern
California. Visit www.viper.com or follow our social: @vipersmartstart,