DIY Car Hack Turns iPhone into Remote Starter

By Jason Fitzpatrick on January 4th, 2012

This DIY hack links an iPhone to a car ignition system. While it’s a bit overkill for the job it also lets you start your car from afar like James Bond.

Will O’Brien, with the help of a hacked dock connector, an Arduino, and a homemade circuit board, managed to link up an iPhone to his car’s ignition system. To start he just fires off a text with the ignition code and the car starts up–perfect for warming up your icy car while you’re still stuck in a meeting.

SMS Remote Start – Working Prototype [via Make]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/4/12
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