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Ever been sitting in a cafe in, say, Paris, and wanted to impress your new French friends by starting your car back in the States remotely? No, neither have we, but if the opportunity ever arises, Autopage can make it happen.
We poke fun, but Autopage's new C3 system is actually pretty cool and won the 2008 CES Best of Innovations Award. After installing several of Autopage's various modules in your car, you are, virtually, Michael Knight. Using your most any smart phone, you can not only remotely start your car from anywhere you have service, you can also roll windows up or down, disable the starter and open your trunk.

But those are not the coolest things it can do. If your car moves more than 25 feet without your permission (stolen, towed, rolled into a lake after you forgot the parking brake, etc.) you will be notified via text message that sumthin's up. Then you can invoke yet another feature: GPS tracking via your mobile. C3 shows you a map updated every 5 minutes of your car's direction of travel so you can help the fuzz track down the perp who stole your ride. Or you can use it to keep dibs on your teenager who's headed to Vegas instead of the movie theater.

Speaking of teenagers, C3 will also alert you via text message if the car exceeds a set speed limit. So next time Junior takes the Camry over 90 again, you'll know it. Then you can lock the doors, disable the starter and know exactly where he is.

We didn't get a price on the entire system (it can't be cheap), but service plans (you didn't think all those fun things were free, did you?) range from $150 a year for a limited number of uses, to $250 a year for unlimited use.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      McLaren were doing that with the F1 a zillion years ago.

      Still cool though lol
      • 7 Years Ago
      Retail is $429.99 with a MAP of $399.99.....This is really cool stuff.
      Here is a link to a short video off how it works.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Big Brother is watching you
      • 7 Years Ago
      Pretty cool tech. I assume one needs power windows and locks? Is this something that can be user installed or dealer installed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The only problem I see with this is if somebody knows you have this alarm, they just have to carry a GSM jammer with them when they steal your car. :(
      • 7 Years Ago
      What about manual transmission owners who tend to park their cars in gear? Oops.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Alarms with remote-start for manual transmissions have been around for years... It just can't be autostarted if it's not in neutral, easy as Paris.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The subscription fee can be as much as $250?! The guys over at Click-Vroom.com are coming out with a new product that lets users start their cars with their phone, and the retail on the whole unit is $250. AND it comes with it's own security system with alarm. Plus, Click-Vroom even offers payment plans for us poor folk. Just thought I'd throw that out there. Word to the wise.