This Hack Lets You Start Your Car By Sending A Text Message From Your iPhone

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It’s winter. It’s probably cold where you live. Running outside to start your car is probably one of the most dreadful experiences you have every morning, and then you gotta sit in your cold car for a few minutes before the heat really kicks in. You’re shivering. Trying to drive faster. And it all just sucks.

You could buy one of those remote ignitions, but then you gotta carry around an extra block on your keychain, and its range isn’t so great. Will O’Brien came up with a better idea – starting your car with your iPhone by sending it an SMS. It’s brilliant, and anyone can replicate his hack.

All you need to make the hack work is a jailbroken iPhone, an Arduino, an iPhone breakout board, and some random components.

“I send a text message from my phone with the phrase: “Start 1234? (1234 would be the password in the phone script). The phone gets the text then tells the arduino via serial interface to start. The arduino grounds the wire to the remote start that activates it. Meanwhile, the phone sends back a SMS saying ‘Executed’ to let me know that it got the message and is acting on it. In the future it’ll send back a message confirming that the start was executed as opposed to the I told him to do it method.”

To read the whole How-To on creating your own SMS Remote Starter, head over to Will O’Brien’s website.

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  • AppDucate

    Ha, that’s pretty cool. You know of any product already existing that can do this? Possibly something that just hooks into a vehicles cigarette lighter?

  • Buster

    @AppDucate I don’t know of anything, but something might exist.

  • burnardreardon

    before I looked at the receipt ov $7425, I have faith that my father in law had been actually bringing home money part-time at their computer.. there mums best friend haz done this 4 only about 18 months and resently paid the dept on their house and bourt themselves a Renault 4. we looked here…… BIT40.?O?

  • Chris Leiter

    Ha, that’s pretty cool. You know of any product already existing that can do this? Possibly something that just hooks into a vehicles cigarette lighter?

    http://www.viper.com/smartstart/

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