AutoBot will let you control your car with iPhone and Android apps

AutoBot will let you control your car with iPhone and Android apps
Developed by Mavizon Technologies from Louisville, Kentucky, AutoBot offers control over your car via a smartphone. The AutoBot device goes into the OBD-II connector, provided that your car is newer than 1996 - you know, that thing, where they plug their contraptions in at the DMV.

There is a dedicated Web site for syncing, integrating it with different services such as IM and online mapping, which can be reached with a browser, or a dedicated iPhone and Android apps, which are in the works.

AutoBot makes it easier to locate your car if it gets stolen, or you simply don't recall where you parked. The device can also send messages to friends and family after a crash. Other useful stuff includes locking and unlocking doors, bringing up windows, checking up diagnostics, receiving oil change and tire rotation alerts, or just examining your driving patterns.

Installing AutoBot should be as simple as plugging in a new car stereo, and the device will cost around $300. The iPhone and Android software will serve mobile adds when using the web application, like oil change promotions, when the time has come.

The bad part? Mavizon Technologies just recently got chosen to showcase AutoBot at CES 2011 in January for a closed beta testing, and it is not hitting retail shelves until 2012. Still, the ability to use an app and start the heat in our cars from under the sheets on a winter morning sounds very tempting. Oh, wait, they don't mention anything like this?! It should be coming, due to popular demand.

source: MavizonTech via ReadWriteWeb



1. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 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.

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