VISTA, CALIF. —
Directed Electronics has begun shipping Viper SmartStart GPS, which was unveiled during International CES in January.
According to Kevin Duffy, president of Directed Electronics, “Viper SmartStart enables you to start your car from virtually anywhere with your smartphone. With Viper SmartStart GPS, we’ve added a host of great new features previously unavailable in any single app. For families with younger drivers, Viper SmartStart GPS now offers the ability to monitor their safety and security with unprecedented ease and affordability, while enjoying fun and interactive features such as one-touch Facebook integration.”
Available at authorized Viper retailers in the U.S. and Canada, Viper SmartStart GPS (model number VSM250) has a suggested retail price of $299.99 and is compatible with virtually all vehicle security and remote start systems from Directed Electronics, including Viper, Clifford, Python and Avital.
Viper SmartStart GPS can be installed as a stand-alone system, allowing users to access location-based features on their smartphone using the Viper SmartStart app, such as vehicle locator, social check in, speed alert and lockdown alert. All are included in the SmartStart GPS Secure Service Plan starting at $5 a month.
Additional features can be accessed with a Viper Premium Secure Service Plan, starting at under $6 a month, such as SmartPark, which remembers where the car is parked each time the user locks the car using their smartphone, and Viper Motor Club roadside assistance.
Viper SmartStart is currently available on the iPhone, BlackBerry and Android platforms. Viper SmartStart GPS is available initially for iOS devices as an update (v2.2) to the Viper SmartStart app at the iTunes App Store and at
. Viper SmartStart GPS will be available soon for Android smartphones. To find a local retailer online see