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There are plenty of "find my car" apps for both Android and iOS, but all of them require you to launch the app, drop a pin and hope the GPS signal is strong enough to be pinpoint accurate.
But a new project listed on the crowd-funded site Kickstarter aims to change that by using the power of the newest version of Bluetooth.

Find My Car Smart incorporates the new Bluetooth 4.0 standard that's currently used on the iPhone 4S. Bluetooth 4.0 is the new low-energy, low-latency version of the connectivity standard, which will see widespread adoption in the next year. The possible applications range from proximity sensors to health monitors, or in this case, finding your car at the airport.

By installing a small, USB-powered Bluetooth adapter in your vehicle, all you need to do is walk away, and Find My Car Smart tracks where you left your vehicle in the background.

The app has already been approved by Apple and is available in the App Store, but until FMC reaches its $10,000 funding goal on Kickstarter and the Bluetooth dongle is available, it's not functional. Learn more at the company's Kickstarter page.


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      MyerShift
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is on my list of "Why Tech". I have never lost my car. Good grief.
      FMC Smart
      • 3 Years Ago
      @theharpyeagle Sorry our app wouldn't have help you in this scenario either. Our app just automates the dropping of the pin whenever you park your car as Damon described. If your car gets towed/moved there's no way for us know that or determine where it got moved to. Find My Car Smart is a set and forget it convenience app for those of us that are forgetful and get lost in giant parking lots.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FMC Smart
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          FMC Smart
          • 3 Years Ago
          Find My Car Smart is only for the iPhone 4S. For Android take a look at Car Locator, from their description they also support "Automatically save location on bluetooth disconnect or car undock".
      eljay001
      • 3 Years Ago
      Because remembering your car was parked in "blue garage, level 3, row 5" is so hard...
        autoblogfan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @eljay001
        It sometimes can be, I usually take a photo to help me remember, but point taken.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you have a hard enough time finding your car to the point where you have to buy something to counter the problem, then maybe it's time you focused more on where you park it and less time being such a nerd.
      theharpyeagle
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had my car towed away to another spot in an airport parking lot a number of years ago. They said they needed to paint the parking lot lights. But guess what - they did not think of recording where each car had been relocated to. Took me 15 mintues to find it, even with the alarm button on my key fob. I could have used this then. On the other hand, bluetooth had only been in existence for a few short years at that time.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Huh. iPhone wins again. Silly android.
        The Calligrapher
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        LOL! Dedicated GPS devices win again. You have to remember the universal truth: dedicated tool is always better than a do-it-all tool. Dedicated GPS devices have had a feature to remember the last location when device was connected to external power since the beginning of times. This is just an attempt to emulate this functionality in a phone. Silly. Needless to say, the future of this kind of communication is ANT+, not BT. iPhone is again trying to get by with silly McGyver-style workaround.
      Reason over Emotion
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you're the sort of dunderhead who forgets where you park your car, you're in need of more help than a iPhone App. And if your forgetfulness is caused by something serious like Dementia, a condition which causes thousands of people each year to hit the accelerator instead of the brake (often with dire consequences), then you have no place driving a motor vehicle!
        FMC Smart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Reason over Emotion
        I have to park in a large commuter parking everyday and sure I remember where my car is 95% of the time, but there's always those days when I've zone'd out and gone auto-pilot. When I get back to the parking lot 10 hours later where I parked this morning versus Monday versus Tuesday vs last week all blurs together and I have to spend 10 minutes wandering around this giant football field of a parking lot, pressing my car lock button. We'll fully admit that this app isn't needed by everyone, but we think there's market.
      Trent
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just bought it, thanks AB.
      • 3 Years Ago
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