Viper, the popular manufacturer of remote start systems for automobiles has launched a new application that will bring remote car start, lock and unlock to Android handsets. It may be worth noting that a similar application was already made available for the iPhone back in October last year and was also made available for Blackberry early this year.
The application works in conjunction with a Viper SmartStart security hardware that needs to be installed on your car. The hardware comes at a price of $499. Additionally, users will also need to shell out an additional security service fee of $29.99 a year. The Android app itself is free and can be downloaded either from the Android marketplace or from the Viper website. Once done, the app can be used to remotely lock and unlock your car, start ignition, open trunk or even press the Panic button in case of any emergency.
Does this app and the price tag get you interested?
You know that the new Android powered HTC Droid Incredible comes with a TV-output capability right. Now, that is something that you could use to connect your Droid Incredible to the in-dash GPS screen on your car. At least that is something that this gentleman has done and the output, as you can see from the video is truly amazing.
The display rendered on the GPS screen retains the orientation of the Droid Incredible and is affected by the accelerometer movements as well. While that is an interesting sidenote, an important point to note is that the controls have to be still navigated only through the phone’s touchscreen. That makes it difficult to use while you are driving.
Nevertheless, if you are looking to add some spice to your mundane travels, this is something that you could try out.
Thanks to the acceleration malfunction reported on Toyota, the US Congress has succeeded in pushing forward for a legislation that will make it mandatory for car manufacturers to equip their cars with a data event recorder – more commonly known as black box.
According to a report on the New York Times, Intel is working on an event recorder that will take note of basic telemetry like whether the seat belts were on, location using GPS, speed, etc. Also, Intel has expressed intent to incorporate video recording into the black box so that the last 30 seconds would be recorded. Intel says that this could come handy during accidents not just for police investigations, but also for insurance companies to make better judgement on the compensation.
The Intel black box for cars is likely to be more sophisticated than those used today on aircrafts. However, the company says that the company is focusing on reducing costs in order to retain the affordability of cars.
Ford is introducing a new ‘Do Not Disturb‘ functionality on their in-car SYNC communication and entertainment system that is aimed at reducing the number of drivers who text and talk over mobile phones while they drive. This functionality, that will be incorporated on all the 2011 models equipped with MyFord or MyLincoln Touch, will let drivers select the range of activities that shall be barred on the mobile phone that is synced with Ford SYNC while the option is activated. These activities include
Pairing a Bluetooth-capable phone
Manually adding individual contacts into the phone book
Viewing received text messages on-screen
Web browsing on the vehicle’s screen
Browsing album cover art, phone book, and photos
Editing the screen’s wallpaper or adding a new one
Destination entry by touch-screen keyboard input (voice entry is permissible)
The feature will however not stop users making voice-activated out-going calls from their mobile phones while driving. This will require the Bluetooth Message Access Profile (MAP) implemented on mobile phones. While Research in Motion is learned to be incorporating this in their upcoming Blackberry phones, other manufacturers are still not decided on this.