By Lisa Johnston
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Hauppauge, N.Y. — Voxx International announced it is teaming with Ford for Voxx’s Code Systems brand of remote starters.
Under the agreement, Code Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Voxx, will provide Ford Custom Accessories with a dealer-installed version of its remote-start and keyless entry smartphone app and hardware.
The device will be available for 2011 and newer F-150, Super Duty, Edge, Explorer and Lincoln MKX vehicles, and with 2013 or newer Taurus, Flex, Lincoln MKS or Lincoln MKT vehicles. Voxx said more vehicles are being planned.
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Douglasville, Ga. — Omega Research and Development Technologies has expanded its remote-starter offering with the addition of a “deluxe” stand-alone one-button model.
The RS-255-EDP+, part of Omega’s Excalibur line, features lock and unlock outputs, providing the ability to connect such features as ignition-activated lock control, or control of the door locks using an Omega CarLink GPS interface, the company said.
It also has a built-in temperature sensor for automatic starting and defrost output; operating range is listed at 1,500 feet.
Vista, Calif. — Directed Electronics said its Viper remote-starter SmartStart app has hit 2 million downloads.
Directed first introduced SmartStart in 2009.
Mike Simmons, Viper president, said in a statement announcing the news: “At Viper we’re all about connecting people with their cars. We follow the philosophy that customers shouldn’t have to buy a new car to own the latest technology.”
Cocoa Beach, Fla. — Mobile Enhancement Specialist will show off the next generation of its Bluetooth door-unlock module for cars during CE Week, held next week in New York.
Like the Standard version of the company’s keyless entry module, the Premium version enables consumers to unlock their vehicles using a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone.
Detroit — General Motors announced it will make smartphone-enabled remote start standard for five years using the company’s OnStar RemoteLink app.
The RemoteLink Key Fob Services program will be available for 36 OnStar-equipped 2014 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models, even if the owner declines to pay for other OnStar services, GM said.
Douglasville, Ga. — Omega Research and Development Technologies announced its latest OmegLink OL-RS plug-and-play remote-start kits for select BMW, Mini and Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
The kits are designed to integrate to the vehicle’s factory data bus system, preventing consumers from needing to pay for additional key fobs.
Vista, Calif. — Directed has begun shipping its Passive Keyless Entry device, first shown as a prototype at last year’s International CES.
The PKE ($199 suggested retail) uses RF technology to let users lock and unlock their vehicles without pressing a button. According to Directed, the PKE is compatible with “virtually any vehicle.” When used in conjunction with the company’s security systems, users can arm and disarm their vehicles as well.
Vista, Calif. – Directed Electronics has integrated its Viper SmartStart app with the iPhone’s Siri voice-command system, enabling users to start their vehicle and lock or unlock the vehicle’s doors by speaking into their iPhone.
The app is the industry’s first remote-start app to integrate with Siri, the company said.
The 3.0.1 update of the company’s SmartStart app also enables users to launch the app by saying the works “Smart Start.”
The 50 series feature nine kits, eight of which can serve as a remote starter or a security system. Features include compatibility with the company’s Weblink system, low current “motorcycle/trailer” mode, and dual independent data ports for supporting two plug-in accessories.
Shipping is scheduled to begin late next month. Pricing was not available.
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