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2012-07-24 16.00.58About a million remote start systems are sold annually with remote starters that use a smartphone continuing to increase in sales, according to a recent report from CE Outlook.

This winter season the industry got off to a slow start due to the warm weather but with recent storms in some parts of North America companies will likely show substantial numbers in the end.

As reported, at Directed we’re seeing more sales of the Bluetooth version of our Viper SmartStart.

This is a lower-cost option but one that obviously significantly reduces the range. But for people who want to leave their cars “puffing” on the driveway in the morning when it’s cold, SmartStartBT certainly is a great solution.

That may explain in fact the rise in sales.

Our thanks to CE Outlook for reporting on this.

Read more on the remote-start trends from CE Outlook here.

2012-07-24 16.00.58A little while ago we reported about an ordinance in Wisconsin prohibiting car owners from leaving their vehicles unattended and idling on city streets.

Not surprisingly in Colorado they also have laws against “puffing,” a term popularized by thieves who scour neighborhoods on cold mornings looking for easy targets as indicated by the exhaust emanating from the tailpipe.

In 2011 there were 9,300 car thefts in Colorado that totaled $57 million in losses. Clearly stopping the easiest thefts is a priority in the state.

All citizens have to do is stay with their cars. Unless they want to risk a $100 fine.

Or of course they can get remote start systems which then make puffing legal.

That’s because you can’t simply drive off with a car that’s been started remotely and which has no key in the ignition.

There you go, no ticket and your car is safe. (They can also look up remote start from their phone.)

Why anyone would risk committing the violation or losing their automobile is beyond us!

Check out more on this puffy story from 9News.com here.

2012-07-24 16.00.56Viper SmartStart to the rescue!

We swear we had no part in influencing the instituting of this ordinance.

The police in Madison say it’s a violation to leave unattended cars running — and the purpose of the ordinance is to prevent car thefts!

Maybe not all the folks there know about remote start systems, but clearly they should go to the appropriate store and get one for their vehicles, given that the cold weather will likely persist for at least another month.

That way you can warm your car, the cabin and avoid the hefty fine if you start your ride with the key in the ignition while you wait indoors.

Read more about the Wisconsin ordinance from Madison.com here.

SmartStartFeaturesSmartStartGPSViper SmartStart Now Integrated With Siri Voice Control!

Viper SmartStart can now make your life even easier — you can launch the Viper SmartStart app by saying “SmartStart.”

You can define a specific command that’s executed when it launches.

With a single word you can start, lock or unlock your car. And you now have in-app controls over SMS and email notifications.

Note: you must have a iPhone 4S or iPhone 5  with the iOS6.

Come check it out at our booth at CES: 1514 North Hall!

2012-07-24 16.00.50Everyone is talking about CES, with the massive show taking place in Las Vegas starting Jan. 8. (Come see us in our booth, by the way, at 1514 North Hall.)

However, the Auto Alliance showed off some very cool connected car technologies at last month’s L.A. Auto Show.

The problem they’re trying to solve is providing drivers with a safe way for them to manage new features that mobile phones bring into the car.

Livio’s Livio Connect helps you access and control smartphone-style apps through the radio in the dash. Livio can mirror your apps and gives you a better way to use them.

Qualcomm and Intel are also working on solutions for car connectivity. Aaaaaaaaand of course you already know about developments like the driverless car that’s in the works from Google.

Of course, when it comes to the latest, most innovative connected car technology on the market right now, it begins and ends with the Viper SmartStart app.

Read full coverage on the connected car at the L.A. Auto Show from TechNewsWorld here.