The Viper SmartStart GPS is a car tracker made by one of the most popular car alarm manufacturers. This device plugs into your car’s OBD connector, connects with a cellular signal and communicates with an app on your smartphone. With it, you can receive alerts for strange vibrations and driver habits. It also tracks your car if it’s stolen. Unlike other car trackers, this device also provides keyless entry and remote start capabilities, and it can integrate with your Viper car alarm.
This Viper car security system is one of the answers to traditional noise-making car alarms. Rather than creating noise that most people ignore, this device alerts you to threats. You can also use it to track your car if it’s stolen or to alert you when another driver of your car has poor driving habits.
The SmartStart plugs into your car’s OBD connector. Then it connects to a cellular signal to provide GPS locations and other information to an app on your smartphone. It can sense unusual vibrations and alert you to break-ins. It also connects to your car’s electrical system to provide keyless entry and trunk release capabilities from your phone.
The downside to car trackers like this is the monthly subscription required to connect to a cellular network. Most car trackers cost around $25 a month, but the Viper SmartStart costs less than $10. In addition, it can integrate with your Viper car alarms for even more security.
The SmartStart GPS provides driver tracking, though not nearly as extensive as its competitors' monitoring abilities. For example, it lacks a driver scoring system and alerts for dangerous driving, such as sharp turns and unusual acceleration. You can set it to alert you when a driver of your car has exceeded a certain speed. It also has a SmartFence feature that lets you set parameters for the vehicle. If the driver leaves those parameters, you’ll be notified. Conversely, it has a HotSpot feature that allows you to set no-go zones. If your car enters the area, it notifies you. Basically, this is a dream product for any parent with teenage drivers. It won’t make you the most popular parent, but you’ll know where your kids are and how safely they’re driving.
As the name suggests, the SmartStart also comes with a remote start feature. You can start your car with your phone from the comfort of your living room or kitchen. This means you no longer have to drive while waiting for your car to warm up or cool down.
The Viper SmartStart GPS is a good car tracking device that’s a great addition to a Viper car alarm, but on its own, it lacks the tracking detail of other car trackers and may not provide you with the alerts that you need. That said, it’s a great way to keep tabs on your teenage drivers.