The iPhone client for Viper’s remote car starting, controlling, and security system is getting an update that will include push notifications whenever an alarm is triggered. This ensure that you learn about a break-in right away, not next time you happen to check your e-mail. The notifications are logged and include in-app alerts on the off chance that you miss the push notification. Other, less alarming events are also pushed out, like if your hood is open, or the remote start doesn’t work.
SmartStart was one of the first apps that enabled car starting via smartphone, and since then, manufacturers themselves, like Chevrolet, have begun building the system right into their vehicles. Viper requires a kit that costs $499.99 to work, on top of an annual subscription fee, but does some pretty cool stuff, like enable locking and unlocking doors, popping the trunk, and, of course, starting the car from just about any location.
Download Viper SmartStart for iPhone ($29.99/year) [iTunes Link]