Mazda is introducing a new mobile app–based suite of remote-control vehicle features dubbed Mazda Mobile Start. Similar to GM’s OnStar app, Mazda Mobile Start (MMS) allows users to remotely start their engine, lock or unlock the doors, fire up the car alarm, and find their car’s location all from a smartphone app.
For the time being, Mazda Mobile Start will only be compatible with a 2016 Mazda6 and CX-5 with the automatic transmission. Now this isn’t something new in the car world but a 1st for Mazda. The system doesn’t do a whole lot, but for those of us who live where it gets extremely hot or cold, remote start alone makes it worthwhile. To required modifications to the car itself will cost $500 and require dealer installation; after one year, buyers will pay $65 annually for a subscription to the Mazda Mobile Start app.
Aside from engine control, the app also allows owners to check the door-lock status and remotely lock or unlock the latches. A panic alarm can also be activated from the mobile interface.
Mazda takes advantage of smartphones’ camera and GPS to help located vehicles that may be lost in large parking areas, using built-in map features to navigate the owner back to their missing vehicle.
Resource: Car and Driver
Pics: Mazda USA
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