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We’ve covered quite a few “connected car” stories recently.

And collectively you can really see where the automotive future is going. It’s all about high efficiency with more and better features.

As you saw with our recent post about smart roads, connectivity knows no bounds. It’s your device, your car, your world!

Sanjay Poonen, president of SAP Global Solutions and head of its Mobile Division, recently told Forbes that he believes the auto industry is moving away from closed systems to open standards-based platforms. It may be that the car turns into merely a method for delivering apps to users, if you will.

Some brainiacs at MIT wrote about it the reinvention of the automobile in 2010. Check out a preview of the book here. One of their big ideas for transforming the industry has to do with utilizing wireless communications for car-related uses.

Connectivity in general opens all kinds of opportunities to create not only more efficient vehicles but more efficient overall systems. That means for example improved car security wherever you might be, less traffic, better communication between cars and the passengers inside them.

At Viper we’ve been on the leading edge of a critical aspect of the connected car of the future.

Not to toot our horn too much, but we’ve made some futuristic-type features a reality today. And as other technologies evolve, Viper SmartStart evolves with them.

Who knows, maybe one day we’ll all be able to remote control our rides via our phones. They’ll make an app for that, we’re sure. Until then we can at least start our engines by voice command. And there IS an app for that. See what’s new in Viper SmartStart 3.0.1 (and more coming soon, shhhhh) here or check out the video here.

Read more full coverage on the connected car from Forbes here.