Mazda App Will Start Your Car, Lock Your Doors, Improve Life
Mazda announced today a dealer-installed option that’ll let owners start their car, lock their doors and annoy everyone in the neighborhood via panic alarm.
The app, which is free for the first year and $65 annually after, will be called Mazda Mobile Start. The suggested retail price is $500 for the option, but allegedly official kits are selling on Ebay for $419.50.
The remote start will run for 30 minutes to warm up or cool down your car, according to Mazda. The system runs via GPS, but it’s unclear if navigation is a required option on the car. We reached out to Mazda to ask if the system could remotely stop an engine, but haven’t yet received a response.
In addition to remote start, panic and locking, Mazda is also offering a GPS locating system to help frequent flyers find cars in massive, crowded airport parking lots.
The app is available for most major smartphones, which basically means any phone not made by Blackberry.
I'm willing to buy gas and parts for my cars, I ain't paying for what should be a free app. Don't factory key-fobs already do stuff like this?
Bet it took ALL DAY to make the five icons all look the same.
The monthly charge by Mazda is total BS. Similarly, I don't subscribe to the low-fidelity satellite radio service (which is now a monopoly).
I hope it works better than the factory installed remote start on my CX5. It works fine when I'm home and the car is parked in the attaached garage. When I am out, usually the car is parked too far away for it to work. Sometimes it will work, but I get the message it didn't work. I don't think it's worth $500, except when it's -20, I may have a different opinion.