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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.

Title screen from British TV show Downton Abbey.Credit: Wikipedia.

Title screen from British TV show Downton Abbey.
Credit: Wikipedia.

One of the more interesting ideas we’ve encountered recently as relates to the car of the future.

It may resemble one from the past.

That is, as carmakers were once divided into engine/chassis builders and coachwork companies, they may well find themselves in a similar situation years from now.

According to a writer from Jalopnik, “massive platform simplification by automobile companies, the widespread adoption of full drive-by-wire systems, and the rise of large-scale rapid-prototyping technology” will provide the impetus for the birth of new coachwork enterprises. Or maybe it’s more likely that the big OEs will simply have new coachwork subsidiaries.

Of course, if this were to occur then you may see other automotive-related companies, perhaps even one like Directed or any other number of similarly positioned entities, launching their own cabin specialists with their specific technologies already embedded.

It would revolutionize the aftermarket.

A tantalizing thought!

Read more about the Downton Abbey-style predictions from Jalopnik here.

We definitely hope that you didn’t miss this Motor Trend Radio spot from June 9, Viper fans.

If you did, let’s catch you up!

Directed president Mike Simmons stopped by for a quick chat on the “Truck Trend Hour” with host Alan Taylor about the recent release of the Viper SmartStart 3.0 mobile app.

Taylor, who has a Viper SmartStart installed on his truck, gave the product a great review and recommended it other truck owners, anyone interested in controlling their car from their smartphone or in the cloud-connected car.

Some other highlights:

Host Alan Taylor: “I love my remote start, I have been a big fan of these for many years … I think I am on my third Viper remote start for different vehicles.”

Mike Simmons: “We have an army of engineers that take literally every car that comes off the line — every trim level; every year, make and model — we bring the car into our shop, get underneath the dash and tap into the computer of the car and really understand that data words that are coming out of the car.”

Alan Taylor: “Be able to start [your car] in inclement weather, or hot weather, and have it ready for you to be able to get in to a warm or cooled-off car. I like it, I have it on my truck.”

Click the play button below to listen to the podcast.