LAS VEGAS —
Directed Electronics announced plans
at International CES to upgrade its SmartStart system,
which lets users send remote-start and door-lock
commands via cellular from iPhones, BlackBerrys and
The latest iteration, called Viper SmartStart GPS,
adds real-time GPS tracking and can be added to any
Viper security or remote-start system. It’s scheduled to
ship in the first quarter at a suggested $299.
Under Directed’s SmartStart GPS basic service
plan, a vehicle’s location, speed and direction can be
seen in real time on a map displayed on a smartphone
or on a PC’s web browser along with the vehicle’s
speed and direction.
Other plan features include the ability to notify Facebook
friends of the vehicle’s location via messaging
and one-touch check-in, a speed alert that notifies
when the vehicle has exceeded the specified speed
setting, and a lockdown alert that sets the vehicle location
and provides notification if the vehicle leaves that spot.
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lets users create a prohibited zone.
The vehicle will notify users if it enters
the forbidden area.
Plan pricing was unavailable.