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    Anyond Remote Starting?

    Just out of curiosity, has anyone ever tried to control their car's remote starter by way of their in-car Mac? I'm a long way off from my own macCar, but it just occurred to me that as long as it was secure, it would be cool to integrate this functionality...

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    Why control the in car starter by the computer? I have it the other way around of course, remote start car from the house (or while walking toward car in parking lot), walk out a minute later and the car's all booted and playing music (i.e. just a standard power on with car start), but why would you want to control ar start ia the computer? If you are sitting in the car using the computer anyways presumably you could turn it on yourself? I'm just not seeing it.. explain?

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    No need for auto boot. The Mini is online in 3 seconds.

    I guess having your computer start your car would be a neat trick but I'm with Arebelspy on this one, why?
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    To maybe answer your question I would say have a bluetooth phone somehow "wake" the computer and send a signal to a board that starts thae car. I would love to flip out the phone, hit a button and fire er up...
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    Yeah, and so would every BT hacker in the vicinity
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    Quote Originally Posted by viper24
    To maybe answer your question I would say have a bluetooth phone somehow "wake" the computer and send a signal to a board that starts thae car. I would love to flip out the phone, hit a button and fire er up...
    Thinking about something along these lines myself (damn too many ideas...). I actually want to use my phone for windows, doors, and waking the Mac(s) and use docking my iPod(s) to start the car.

    I kinda need to finish my stereo replacement and learn about more about micro controllers though.

    I could see the desire for a remote start, but i'd wire directly into the existing relays vs getting (since I don't have one already) a remote start to patch into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pip
    Yeah, and so would every BT hacker in the vicinity
    Yeap, but you could get around that by needing an app on the phone that would allow you to send passkeys and specific commands. Still hackable, but I don't know of many cars that can't already be broken into and started without the physical key. It's just a matter of how determined the thief is.

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    That's how I'd do it, too. Use bluephone elite to remote control the PC, thus driving a relay board that controls car functions. Makes more sense.

    I find it hard to believe that no one will come out with some kind of bluetooth proximity sensor in the next year that you can hook up to your car. The Prius has it and it's pretty cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by viper24
    To maybe answer your question I would say have a bluetooth phone somehow "wake" the computer and send a signal to a board that starts thae car. I would love to flip out the phone, hit a button and fire er up...
    Doesn't answer me, really.

    If you're within range of BT you should be within range of a car starter (which is needed anyways for this to work)..

    So why BT phone > turn on comp > turn on car
    instead of the simpler:
    Car starter turn on car > turn on comp

    Why the messy have comp turn on car instead of the other way around?

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    True, you could just use your car starter remote to start the car, which would wake the in car computer...

    I guess that in the quest for features that are cool, albeit perhaps not entirely useful, I was looking for the more complicated solution.

    Still, I can see situations where it could be useful... From the comfort of your home, perhaps by way of a script on your home Mac, wake the car Mac and start the car at a specified time each morning (yeah, you can press your remote button as you leave the house, but if you leave every day at 8:30, why not have it ready for you?).

    Of course the kicker becomes having some sort of always available net connection for the car. Bluetooth still requires you to be in near proximity. Equip the Mac with an Airport card and make sure you're within range (hub in your garage?)... Spare cell with data connection (sounds pricey)...

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