updated 05:00 pm EDT, Tue October 13, 2009
Works with Viper security systems
Viper has launched Viper SmartStart for the iPhone. The app works with Viper remote start systems to start a car, lock or unlock its doors, and open its trunk. It can also be used to find a car, or set off a panic alarm. The app can control more than one car, and allows for multiple users to control the same vehicle.
iPhone users can be at any distance from their car, essentially anywhere within AT&T's network. The app requires an installed Viper security or remote start system; users who already have compatible hardware can buy a VSM100 module for $300, while those without have the option of a VSS400 SmartStart system for $500. Each product carries a free year of the SmartStart service plan, with annual renewals set at $30.
Viper systems are now available at Best Buy stores in the United States, the only country in which they function. The app works with iPhone and iPod touch devices running v3.x firmware, though the Touch is limited by Wi-Fi range. The program is a free download.