Looks like Audiovox’s new CarLink app allows you to unlock and control parts of your car’s alarm system from your smart phone. I can not say this is breaking news for the tech/mobility world because Viper’s SmartStart has been around for a while now. I am happy however that more companies are getting with it.
Here is an excerpt from the press release:
"CarLink is our first smartphone interface that builds upon the heritage that has made us a market leader in remote start systems for years, providing both OEMs and the aftermarket with products and features that are in high demand by consumers," stated Tom Malone, president of Audiovox Electronics Corporation. "Starting your vehicle, unlocking your doors or popping the trunk from virtually any distance, or finding your car in a large garage after a sporting event or a trip to the mall, is now as easy as the click of a button or the tap of your finger."
The CarLink module + app is easily downloadable on any iPhone, Android or Blackberry device and has virtually unlimited operating range. In addition to working on Audiovox related products, the CarLink system can be accessed on any competitive remote-start product, provided the system has a negative external start trigger input so as to not lose certain functionalities. Used with an Audiovox system, CarLink will provide 2-way confirmation displayed on your smartphone along with full status reports with real-time updates and notification alerts. For example, CarLink will notify you when your car doors are open or when your system detects a vehicle door or shock sensor violation. With the CarLink app, you can also add as many vehicles as you want to your account and easily navigate between each vehicle within the preference settings on your device.
I can’t wait for an alarm company to do this for us WP7 owners.