Latest Siri Hack Will Lock Your Car, Pop Your Trunk, And Even Start Your Engine [Video]

Programming Siri to do weird and wonderful things that are yet to be sanctioned by Apple is quickly becoming a hacker’s favorite hobby. We’ve already seen how well the digital assistant can control your home’s thermostat, but this latest hack is even more impressive.

One developer has created used the same proxy featured in the thermostat hack to connect Siri with his Viper car alarm system. He can now tell his iPhone to lock his car, enable his alarm, pop his trunk, and even start his engine.

In a blog post on Fiquett.com, the developer explains how it all works:

The “Siri Proxy” plugin I wrote handles interaction with a php script that runs on my web server. The php script, which I developed months ago for personal use, allows me to send commands to my car which has a Viper SmartStart module installed.

Current commands accepted are: “Vehicle Arm”, “Vehicle Disarm”, “Vehicle Start”, “Vehicle Stop”, “Vehicle Pop Trunk”, and “Vehicle Panic”.

Here’s a second clip that demonstrates how Siri can lock the car:

I have to say, this is pretty darn impressive. I only hope that Apple allows Siri to interact with third-party services at some point in the future — it seems the possibilities are endless!

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  • Jdsonice

    This is so freaking cool. I cannot wit for my next iPhone :-)

  • cadsii

    I been working on it non stop like so many devs

    I almost have full iTunes control
    And I have I have it also now reading rss feeds

    Check out the video
    http://www.jailbreakmatrix.com

  • bndctc

    Absolutely amazing. Siri’s potential is absolutely unknown at this point. Perhaps in the future, it might be normal to say something like this to your phone:

    ‘Siri/…, check the temperature of my home.’
    ‘Siri/…, turn on my Windows desktop at home.’
    ‘Siri/…, turn on the heaters in my house.’
    ‘Siri/…, set egg in egg cooker in kitchen to boil, ready for me in 15 minutes.’
    ‘Siri/…, set my nightstand alarm clock to 7:50 AM.’

    The future will be amazing.

  • Phil

    This is fake.

  • Infinity_X

    So much easier than just punching any of those buttons… that are already attached to that device… oh wait.

  • Patrick Ducharme

    I don’t think it’s fake, they guy has a Viper remote starter, I think the viper system have a always connected Data (Edge) connection in the vehicule that can be controlled by Iphone apps, so the proxy is just connecting to Viper service on the net to trigger the start of the engine.

  • Guest

    Make something useful first and we’ll talk again next time. Voice recognition is nothing new. I used Vocollect VoIP when I was working in a crappy Metro Food Warehouse in Toronto selecting products for shipment than this starting an engine from a car.

  • James Jimmy Williams

    Now this really makes me want an iPhone 4S but i think i will stick with the 4 until the 5 comes out! :)

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