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An app to control your car? It's true.

An app to control your car? It's true.
Photo courtesy of Viper

It's simply astonishing what we can now do with our smartphones. In less than 10 years, smartphones have taken over the worlds of communication, entertainment, productivity, photography and more.

In fact, a single smartphone does more than an entire bag of gadgets could pre-2007. All that and it fits right in the palm of your hand.

So imagine that if 10 years ago I told you that you'd be able to start your car with your flip phone, you'd look at me like I had two heads.

But today, smartphones make it all possible to turn your car on and the heat up on a cold winter morning, or start it and cool off on a scorching hot summer day, all with the press of a button before you even get in the vehicle, driveway or parking lot.

That’s what Viper SmartStart does. It’s like turning your smartphone into a remote control for your vehicle. With the full system, you can start your car, unlock your doors, open your trunk, locate where you’re parked, and even activate your car's security system. Premium versions also include features such as text alerts for speeding and when your car has a low battery.

The apps for Apple and Android are free to download and test, but you’ll need extra hardware to make the full system work.

A Viper SmartStart system requires professional installation. There are four different service plan options, ranging from $70 to $240 per year. These plans allow you to link your car to your smartphone through Verizon’s network, even if you’re not a Verizon Wireless customer. You will also need a module installed in your car, which costs around $300, plus installation.

Watch the promotional video below to learn more:

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