Hand it to Tex­t2Car for re­mote starter

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - BUSINESS - By Scott Lar­son

Vince Hardy wants ev­ery­one who owns a cell­phone to be able to re­motely start their car with a sim­ple text mes­sage.

The founder and owner of Tex­t2Car said he has de­vel­oped a de­vice that re­motely starts a car or un­locks doors from any dis­tance through a sim­ple text mes­sage.

The user can also send texts — via cell­phone or com­puter — to do such tasks as dis­able the ig­ni­tion, close a sun­roof or pop the trunk.

Other fea­tures in­clude alert­ing own­ers of an at­tempted break-in. The de­vice has a built-in GPS re­ceiver that shows the ve­hi­cle’s lo­ca­tion and speed.

Hardy said busi­nesses can keep track of where com­pany ve­hi­cles are, how fast they are go­ing and how long they are at cer­tain lo­ca­tions.

Par­ents can do the same thing, keep­ing tabs on the novice driv­ers in their house­holds.

Since ev­ery­thing is done through a server, the sys­tem can be used with vir­tu­ally any cell­phone, Hardy said.

“ There is no spe­cial soft­ware to down­load,” he said.

He said it has been a two-year process to get the de­vice off the ground. “ I am ex­cited by this thing ev­ery day,” he said. The sys­tem can con­nect to an ex­ist­ing car starter or car alarm or you can buy a Tex­t2Car unit that in­cludes a re­mote starter.

He said they will be able to con­nect with fac­tory re­motes in Fe­bru­ary.

Un­like tra­di­tional sys­tems, func­tions are not limited by dis­tance. For ex­am­ple, Hardy said it is great for those fly­ing home to just text the car to start it.

You can have mul­ti­ple phones pro­grammed for the same car, or mul­ti­ple cars to the same phone.

Tex­t2Car is open Mon­day to Fri­day from 9 a. m. to 4: 30 p. m.

TEX­T2CAR Owner: Vince Hardy Ad­dress: No. 4-833 51st St. East Phone: 1-800-705-3816 Web­site: www.tex­t2car.com

— SP Photo by Greg Pender

Vince Hardy said the re­mote starter is not limited by dis­tance

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