Siri is a nifty little feature for some people. It can set up reminders, check weather, and perform many other tasks by voice, instead of having to type everything out. Developers have figured some other uses as well; some of those uses may not be what Apple intended, but the company has yet to say little about it. Now another developer has added an additional use: starting your car if you have the right tweaks. In other words, you need a homebrew server and an iPhone 4S and a certain PHP script, according to TechCrunch.
Brandon Fiquett is behind this nice little hack, and it is pretty spectacular. He created a plugin based on the custom Siri Server that @plamoni created. Note that you will have to setup your own Siri Proxy Server based off the one by @plamoni for this to work. The plugin interacts with a PHP script that Brandon has on his web server. That script allows him to send commands to any registered car with a Viper SmartStart system, which for him is a silver Acura TL.
Siri, when asked, can then start the car, pop the trunk, lock the doors, stop the engine, and sound the alarms. It is actually pretty impressive. For those of you who have Smart Start system, you may want this additional feature yourself. For those of you without the system, you will have to buy a $499 kit that can be installed in your car. Each year of SmartStart service costs $29.99, excluding the first year (included with kit). If you are interested in the hack, Brandon Fiquett has provided the plugin and the PHP Script on Github. Check out the video below to see Siri and the plugin in action.
Siri Starts a Car
Video Courtesy of: Brandon Fiquett (YouTube)