AutoBot will let you control your car with iPhone and Android apps
0. phoneArena 19 Nov 2010, 08:51 posted on
The AutoBot gadget plugs into the OBD-II connector in your car and will let you control different functions of your vehicle and display usage statistics on the screen of your iPhone or Android handset. It will be showcased at CES in January...
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1. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
They're assuming alot about the car's abilities to begin with... for instance you can't start the start and turn on the heat with a phone unless the car was able to do it remotely, without a key, in the first place (ie.: remote start and something akin to onstar). Also, do these modules use a cell transceiver or is it all bluetooth/wifi?
Seems like a cool retrofit for a nice car, but I kindof have a feeling automakers will be putting a lot of these features in cars soon anyway, especially GM since they've already got the backbone in place.
2. compassstl (unregistered)
Has anyone considered the security flaw in systems like this & the recent ones from GM through OnSteal? Any technologically-knowledgeable person with criminal intent could access the service if the security protocols are lax (WiFi or Bluetooth, especially) and just tell the car to unlock and start and hop in without arousing any suspicion from passerby. Nice luxury feature, but the nefarious population will find a way to exploit it, as they do with everything else. Heck, they might even use the technology to disable a car or find a way to write a virus for cars that can be triggered remotely. I'm happy with my pre-OBDII car, personally: don't have to pay $24 every two years for an emissions inspection, for one thing.