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Discussion in 'Android Applications Discussions' started by PatrickJ, Dec 30, 2009.
Any apps out there or in the near future that will replace a car starter/alarm remote??
If this comes about I will be stoked! Got a car starter for X-Mas! I'd love to lose the extra key tag on my keys!
If you wanted any sort of range, it'd have to be internet based, wouldn't it?
Any cell phone is a car remote! Even Dumb Phones like my Razar V3...
Hold the phone near the car and have a friend call you and hit the button on the remote and the car will un-lock or start!
Along the same lines, it would be cool to be able to unlock your car with the Droid. I locked my keys in my car trunk once and then called 1800mercedes and they unlocked the car via satellite.
The tech is out there and in the car. Now, if only I was smart...
I don't see this happening via an app. Remote starters use rolling code type RF signals just like your keyless entry fob and garage door opener does.
You could however buy a remote car starter that works via a cellular connection, but then you have to pay a monthly fee. When you go that route, you can start your car from anywhere in the world though. AutoPage C3-RS665 Remote Start Car Starter Alarm Keyless Entry System - C3-RS665 - Buy.com
Viper already makes one for the iphone, maybe they will do one for the droid soon.
go get a BlueSMiRF modem and pretty sure you can use RFCOMM to communicate serial data with it and android. Says around 100' range (yeah right) and would be pretty simple to interface bluetooth serial with an arduino to make an alarm/starter as long as you don't have to get a passlock module or something to bypass the anti-theft.
Yeah, that's just a cellular remote starter unit with a app as a middleman. It would be nice, but I'm sure not going to pay a periodic fee for remote starting my vehicle.
I don't believe there's any way to "replace a car starter/alarm remote" with your Droid. However 1033 might be on to something if you want the limited range of Bluetooth.
Like OnStar on GM products. Guess it's time to put the OnStar number in my phone!
There's an app like this already for the iPhone. Hopefully the tech will migrate to Droids pretty soon.
how much range do you really need?
This technology has been around for more than 10 years- first through analog Motorola paging units that interfaced with a security system to offer world wide access to the system, then with digital tracking systems that interface with alarms using GSM data to interact- basically a cell phone with outputs. Autopage has had a C3 system for a while that also does this but without the cool app look. The iPhone app you see out there is simply a system like the Autopage C3 (or any of the other brands that did it before them) with a polished interface which provides some cool factor, but in 3 months I question whether you'll actually break out your phone and open an app to start or unlock your car when you could simply pull your keys out like you're going to do anyway. I guess if I was paying a monthly or annual fee to have this ability (yep, it ain't free service) I guess I'd try to use it to feel like I was getting my money's worth. But after all, with at least a half mile or more of range and two-way communication that is built into most alarm/starter systems these days, do you really need a cell connection to access it from around the world? Do you need to start your car from 10 miles away only to have it already timed out when you get to it? How often do you need to unlock your car in LA from Chicago? If you had OnStar or a GPS interactive tracking system you could do this anyway (or for the price of this interface you could buy a AAA membership with unlock service and get towing plus a whole lotta lunches too!) About the only non-gimmick feature I can see is if the car does get broken into while you are away and you can see it on your app, at least you can use the phone to call your insurance agent right away!